A visit to Andalusia, the home of Flannery O’Connor, is a trip into magic land. After visiting there, one can easily see why Flannery loved it so much and why she was so proficient a writer while living there.
The entryway to Andalusia is inspiring. The scenery is breathtaking and one can easily imagine being a prolific writer while living there. A few feet from the highway, but hidden by gorgeous groves of trees, sits Flannery’s home. It is a fantastic building in and of itself, and the surrounding countryside scenery is amazingly inspiring.
There is no entry fee to the home, but there is a suggested donation of five dollars. Most other celebrity homes I have visited have a set fee just to get into the house.
The interior of the home is relatively the same as when Flannery was working there, and many of the artifacts are the actual ones she used throughout her writing career. Visitors are given a short guided tour of the house and then are encouraged to stick around and inspect the house at their leisure. Several of Flannery’s books are on sale inside the house, along with quite a few other interesting souvenirs.
On the porch there are several huge white rocking chairs where guests are encouraged to sit and meditate or think about whatever it is that they would like to consider. Also, the porch is screened in, so folks don’t have to worry all that much about being annoyed by bugs. There is no requirement for a reason to go and sit on the porch, and certainly no fee. If you happen to be in the area and want a peaceful milieu in which to enjoy some peace and quiet, You are welcome.
When you leave the house and go out into the yard, there are further thrills. For example, when Flannery lived there, she had a collection of peacocks that she loved. Most of those are gone by now, but the O’Connor Association does keep three peacocks, caged, on the premises, and they are especially beautiful. As is usually the case in the world of animal nature, the male peacocks are the most colorful and beautiful. I have to admit, however, that the females of the species are not exactly ugly!
There are several other old buildings on the property, some of which are being restored as money allows. There is a beautiful old barn, and a brick building where, in Flannery’s time, milk was kept cool before it was sent to market. Also, the grounds are kept impeccably clean and beautiful adding even more pleasure for visitors.
If you are ever near Milledgeville, Georgia, it would be worthwhile to stop in and have a look-see!
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Phone: (478) 454-4029
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