Andalusia in Milledgeville, Georgia

After living in the South for 24 years I thought it was time to acquaint myself with the Georgian writer, Flannery O’Connor. I traveled to Andalusia, the family farm in Milledgeville, where Flannery lived the last 13 years of her life. While living at Andalusia, Flannery followed a routine of attending mass every morning then returning to the farm to write until noon. Her afternoons were spent taking care of her peacocks (she had 50 at one time)  and entertaining visitors.  Flannery died in 1964 at the age of 39 as a result of complications from lupus. Flannery wrote two novels and 32 short stories. I am currently reading her short stories which are quirky, dark and feature characters who are morally flawed. With the exception of the portrait, the images above were captured in Flannery’s bedroom.

  1. kathleenlewis said:

    Fabulous shots, Beate.. Glad you got to Andalusia! –Kathleen

    • Thanks Kathleen. I’m glad I visited as well. Having the opportunity to visit Flannery’s home really provided me with a context for her writing.

  2. Hildy Diaz said:

    Telling photographs, Beate.
    Welcome to Georgia, Peter. We look forward to see all of you this week end.

  3. Deborah Timberlake said:

    Hi Beate,

    So glad you went to Andalusia! When you finish the short stories, read the book of correspondence. I read it a bit at a time and by the end felt like I knew Flannery and lost a friend. Milledgeville is a nice town to spend a couple of days. The visitor center tour is very good. The old Governor’s mansion has been beautifully restored and is well worth the tour. If you want to see someplace full of spooks and Southern gothic, go to the old Central State Hospital. It is closed for the most part, but the deserted buildings grab hold of one’s imagination. Stay at the Antebellum Inn. It is a great little getaway.

    All the best, Deb

    • Thanks Deborah for all of your suggestions. I will have to visit again with more time.

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