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“Breath taking experience”
Review of Andalusia Farm

Andalusia Farm
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Historic farm in Milledgeville, GA where Southern fiction writer Flannery O'Connor lived and worked until her death in 1964.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Breath taking experience”
Reviewed May 2, 2012

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.
Also can make advanced appointment.
Phone: (478) 454-4029

Visited April 2012
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AndalusiaFarmGA, Manager at Andalusia Farm, responded to this review, June 27, 2015
Thank you so much for your feedback! We've made a few changes around the farm since your last visit (additional buildings have been opened), and we've changed our hours. Andalusia Farm is now open Thursday-Sunday from 10am to 5pm. We hope you'll come by to see us!
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GA
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Nice day trip”
Reviewed October 12, 2010

I visited this place during the summer; it has some great scenery and is a good learning experience for the whole family. It was interesting seeing the house Flannery grew up in and seeing what it was like to live during that time. Also the peacocks were an added bonus. I didn't get to see what else was on the property due to an upcoming storm but it seemed like an interesting place to spend a few hours during the day or take a field trip to.

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AndalusiaFarmGA, Manager at Andalusia Farm, responded to this review, June 27, 2015
Thanks for your feedback. We've made quite a few changes since your visit, so we hope you'll come back and see us!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Andalusia Farm: Worth the stop”
Reviewed June 30, 2010

Andalusia Farm is located not far off I-20 on the way to historic Milledgeville. The Southern Literary Trail [----------]) got me started in planning a roadtrip with a gal pal of mine. Flannery O'Connor's home for us was a no-brainer since she is by far the Queen of Southern Gothic.
We visited on a Saturday afternoon and were the only guests on the property at the time. The main level of the home is open to the public and a staff member greets you and leads you on a quick tour of the home followed by a looping video presentation. You can then wander over 500 acres of farmland and out buildings including a peafowl aviary. There are several hiking trails through the property as well. The Foundation continues to renovate parts of the property, so don't forget to leave a donation at the door during your visit.
I'll probably come back in a few years to see what's new.

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AndalusiaFarmGA, Manager at Andalusia Farm, responded to this review, June 27, 2015
Thanks for your feedback, gwenniepigz! We've made quite a few changes since your last visit - we hope you'll come by again and take a look!
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