American author Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, on March 25, 1925. She later moved to Milledgeville, Georgia where she graduated from Georgia State College for Women in 1945. She earned an MFA in 1947 from the State University of Iowa. After living in New York and Connecticut, O'Connor returned to Milledgeville to live at her family's farm, Andalusia, from 1951 until her death from lupus in 1964. O'Connor often commented about Andalusia in her letters and described with great humor and affection the operation of this dairy farm managed by her mother, Regina Cline O'Connor. At Andalusia, O'Connor also found the source of many of the settings, situations, and fictional characters of her stories. While living at Andalusia, she completed two novels and two collections of short stories.
New seasonal hours are in place so visitors can experience the sunsets as O’Connor did. Through September, the farm will be open every Thursday until sunset. Regular open hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday – Sunday and, seasonally, on Thursdays until about 8:30 p.m. The new evening hours offer visitors added opportunities to tour the house, shop in the Andalusia store, visit with our peafowl, and generally enjoy the property. A mile long nature trail loops through the woods along the Tobler Creek and there is indoor and outdoor seating. Small groups and families are welcome, as are picnics, and leashed pets. Multiple volumes of O’Connor’s books are scattered about for visitors to read a short story in the place it was written; short stories generally take 30 minutes to read. There is free admission to Andalusia Farm, although visitors are encouraged to make a $10 voluntary contribution and donations large and small are always welcome.
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