Flannery O'Connor's Andalusia & Milledgeville's Old Governor's Mansion
Enjoy a day in Flannery O’Connor Country! Dr. Sarah Gordon, one of the foremost experts on O’Connor’s work, will give us a tour of Andalusia Farm, where O’Connor spent the most productive years of her writing life. There she lived with her indomitable mother, Regina Cline O’Connor, and created such characters as The Misfit, Tom T. Shiftlet, and Ruby Turpin while farming “from the armchair.” We’ll tour the farmhouse and the recently restored Hill House and visit the peacocks. Those who are hardy may choose to walk the trail around the pond.
The tour of the farm will be followed by lunch (on your own) in Milledgeville and, in the afternoon, a guided tour of the Old Governor’s Mansion. Considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the South, it served as the executive mansion of Georgia’s governors from 1839 until the state capitol was moved to Atlanta in 1868. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973 for its architecture.
Participants should expect to be standing for up to an hour at a time and walking on uneven terrain at the farm site. The cost of the day trip is $85.