Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home

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Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home

Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home
4.5
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
Where writer Flannery O'Connor spent her childhood, during the Great Depression on Savannah's LaFayette Square. Off-hour, group, and private tours are available by request.
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Steve S
9 contributions
May 2021
I have been a fan of Flannery O'Connor for many years and couldn't miss this opportunity to visit the childhood home of Flannery O'Connor.
The home has been restored and has many items from the period when Flannery lived here.
If you have any interest in Southern literature or just want to get some insight into Savannah history, you should visit this home.
Written May 21, 2021
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Cary H
Williamsburg, VA34 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
I visited the home with my niece and sister, who is a huge Flannery O’Connor fan. I did not know much about her, but left with a desire to read her books and stories. We had a terrific guide, Cody, a volunteer with boundless enthusiasm for her subject and extensive knowledge of Flannery’s life. She made our 45 minute tour both highly educational and fun even for the teens on the tour who were just tagging along.
Written April 22, 2022
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Sarah G
Asheville, NC34 contributions
Jan 2020
If you're a literary tourist, this is a stop you don't want to miss! This is a unique opportunity to see an immaculately restored middle class home from the Depression era. The guides are well versed in the history of the home, its restoration, and the life and career of its most famous resident. We had a great time and were glad we made this stop!
Written January 26, 2020
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A.C.
Atlanta, GA4 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The hours are a little tight but if you like Flannery O’Connor, it’s worth the visit. Very cool home with very cool collection and lots of interesting tidbits to absorbs. Plus, they will officially emboss the book you select to purchase from their bookstore. Lots of FOC merch here! The home is also very picturesque and we got some nice photos of the vintage decor
Written September 6, 2021
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Dee5960
Baltimore, MD16 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
I am a fan of Flannery O'Connor's short stories and was so excited to visit her childhood home. The tour was excellent and provided so many interesting facts about the events and environment that shaped her unique personality. Our guide's enthusiasm and knowledge made for a wonderful glimpse into this fascinating author. The home is filled with memorabilia from O'Connor's past and there are books about and by Flannery for sale. I came away with a much deeper appreciation of her work. This tour was a highlight of our trip to Savannah. It is a hidden treasure (few people know about it) and we are so glad we came. Trust me, please go - you won't be disappointed.
Written March 3, 2018
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Wow, we are so glad to know you had this wonderful experience visiting us! 'Hidden treasure' is our goal, and you nailed it! Thank you so much for taking time to visit and write such a generous review.
Written March 5, 2018
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itela7
Grand Rapids, MI5 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
This was the best author's house tour we've ever taken. The house is conveniently located across the square from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (where the O'Connors attended). The live-in curator / docent who guided our tour was SO well-informed, intelligent, articulate, friendly, and engaging, and the house is authentically furnished with many fascinating artifacts from Flannery O'Connor's childhood. Since O'Connor's reputation seems ever on the increase (she was recently named "best of the best" of the 60 National Book Award winners for the 60th anniversary of the National Book Awards), the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home is a MUST-see for Savannah visitors!
Written July 16, 2014
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ADGrantley
Hudson, MA89 contributions
This is an ordinary house, ca. 1850, 3 rooms deep and 3 storeys tall, facing Square in Savannah. In the 1920's, it was one of several rental properties owned by a rich aunt, who provided it to her niece and niece's husband while they were getting started. In 1925, the couple had their only child at a hospital a couple blocks away and brought her home to live in this house until she was 13. That child was Mary Flannery O'Connor, a girl who appears to have known her mind from a young age and later became a novelist and short story writer of the 1950's. She died in 1964 of lupus, at the age of 39. I had heard of "Flannery O'Connor", the writer, but didn't know anything about her before visiting the house. We were shown around by a guide with a deep knowledge of the writer's life and works and a real love of her story. We left eager to read her work.
Written February 19, 2013
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CraftBeers
Plano, TX25,243 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Mary Flannery O'Connor grew up in this home on the corner of Lafayette Square. It's been restored to the depression era setting to give you a great look at what it would have been like at the time. Rare books are on display. The tour is highly informative.

I would not make a special destination to see this home, but I would group it with a visit to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Lafayette Square. All three are within one block. Metered parking is available on the street. The entrance fee to the house and tour is $8. Children under 12 are free.
Written July 6, 2018
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sshvfx
Savannah, GA2 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
I have to admit I didn't know much about Mary Flannery O'Connor when a friend suggested we visit her childhood home on a lovely square park in Savannah. The tour guide gave such a delightful tour I felt like I had been a fly on the wall during her childhood. The house is a wonderful example of a middle class family home. Not the usual home tours that are available. Flannery's influences as a writer are so visible. I loved the old style kitchen, bathroom and doll carriages. What a delight to see that the library was sponsored by the Bruckheimer family proving that Flannery's appeal was far reaching beyond the spanish mossed trees of the south.
Written April 16, 2018
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Thank you so much for this awesome review! We always like to share Flannery's Home with folks who aren't necessarily familiar with her, as it's such a cool step back in time and way to learn about Flannery herself. I hope we inspired you to test the waters of her short stories!
Written June 8, 2018
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GallaghersTravels
Walterboro, SC195 contributions
Aug 2012 • Friends
I toured the home with a small group of which half were very familar with the author and the other half like myself not. Our guide Toby, I believe the manager, made the story and home fascinating for all of us.

In todays world Flannery (and by my opinion) would have been diagnosed as autistic or with some other challenge and some of his descriptions reminded me of Temple Grandin. No matter what she was quite the child or adult at age 4 they like to say and not surprising that other parents didn't send their children there to play more than once..

The house and furnishings transported us realistically back to this 1920's, 1930's time. I can't decide if the stories about her antics as a child and growing up made me want to read her writing or stay away from it but Toby's telling of the story is certainly worth hearing.

One piece of furniture that was a mystery was this large screened box, like a rabbit hutch,in the bedroom that turned out to be her crib/playpen combination. To me (a claustrophobic person) it was terrifying but apparantly she loved it and they were commonly used at the time to keep the children safe from mosquitos.

The home is across from Lafayette Square and the entire neighborhood looks like it hasn't changed in a hundred years adding to the fun. If your a fan don't miss it and if your not you still will find it fascinating.
Written November 23, 2012
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