Discover Central Georgia: Andalusia Farm

A historic site important to Georgia’s literary history is on North Columbia Street in Milledgeville.
Courtesy of Georgia College

MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A historic site significant to Georgia’s literary history nestles on North Columbia Street in Milledgeville.

Andalucia was founded in 1814 as a cotton plantation and farm before being founded in 1931 by a Dr. Bernard Cline was bought.

“He was a doctor up in Atlanta,” said Cassie Munnell, Curator of Andalucia. “He was also Flannery’s uncle, so that’s how she’s smuggled into the estate. He buys it as a vacation.”

In 1951, after being diagnosed with lupus, famed Georgian author Flannery O’Connor moved to the farm. She spent the next 13 years directly inspired by the property and writing what would become the bulk of her work.

Today the farm is a museum honoring O’Connor and her contributions to Georgia history.

Andalucia is open to the public. It is owned and administered by Georgia College, O’Connor’s alma mater. According to Munnell, one of the big selling points for visitors is the main house where O’Connor lived.

“About 90% of our house, 90 to 93%, in general what we say of the house are the original items that were owned by the family,” Munnell said. “So you can really get almost the purely authentic experience of what it would have been like if Flannery had been there himself.”

Aside from the main house, visitors can wander the grounds and explore the other buildings. You can also see one of the farm’s highlights: the resident peacocks.

Events also take place in Andalusia. Each fall, the lecture series is held on the porch, modeled on similar lectures O’Connor herself gave just outside the main house, where she taught literary works to students.

A new student learning laboratory will soon be built. The farm hopes to be used for further literary discussions, as well as other indoor events.

Andalucia recently received a special honor from the state of Georgia, according to Matthew Davis, director of historical museums at Georgia College.

“Andalusia was recently designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service through the Home Secretary,” he said. “This is a designation retained by less than three percent of all historic sites in the United States.”

The application process took more than ten years, from submission to being reviewed by multiple boards, to reaching the Minister of the Interior. This designation has contributed to renewed efforts not only to further improve the farm, but also to attract new visitors.

With the help of Georgia College, Andalucia will continue to be an important landmark for the entire state.

Click here to visit the Andalucia website.