While living at Andalusia, she completed her best-known works, including “Wise Blood,” “The Violent Bear it Away” and the critically acclaimed short story collection “A Good Man Is Hard To Find.” She and her mother, Regina Cline O’Connor, would reside there until her death in 1964.
“She’s our graduate, and we’re certainly proud of that. But Flannery is an iconic American writer; she’s a Georgia treasure and an American treasure,” college President Steve Dorman said. “To be able to share with the public the place where she did her infamous final writing, we’re very honored.”
Dorman says the school does not anticipate any major changes in the day-to-day operation of Andalusia, and intends to keep the site, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980, as open and accessible to the public as possible.
“Andalusia is a special place for people who want to understand the environmental context of her writing, and our students and scholars who are studying the life and work of Flannery will greatly benefit by having these resources more readily accessible,” he said.
Georgia College also hopes to follow through with one of the foundation’s intended plans: Remove offices and the gift shop from the main house and create a separate visitor’s center. This will restore the main house to the way it was while O’Connor and her mother lived there, Dorman said, so it is “historically correct.”
The school also oversees Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion in Milledgeville, used by governors until after the Civil War, and plans to replicate its use of students as docents and tour guides there at Andalusia to minimize costs. Ultimately, Dorman says, they hope to "share this piece of American history with the world."
Staff writer Martha Michael contributed to this article.