The Flannery O'Connor room, located in the North Clarke Street Entrance to Russell Library, pays homage to the university's most famous alumna. The idea for the room was formed in 1971 with the donation of the author's collection of manuscripts, letters, books, periodicals and personal items by her mother Regina Cline O'Connor. In the deed of gift, MRs. O'Connor stated that the reason for the donation was "in consideration of lasting interest to the students and faculty of Georgia College and to all scholars from around the world."
O'Connor's mother chose to donate the materials to her daughter's alma mater because the author's talent had been recognized and nurtured by professors and classmates during her time as a student at GCSW. The donation also inspired events such as the founding of The Flannery O'Connor Bulletin (now The Flannery O'Connor Review), as well as numerous symposia, a film by Vanderbilt University entitled The World of Flannery O'Connor, and the institution of "Flannery O'Connor Day," on January 16, by Governor Jimmy Carter in 1972.
The O'Connor Room, completed in 1974, was planned and constructed under the guidance of Georgia College Alumni Association members Dorrie Neligan and Lucy Nell Cunningham. The furnishings present in the room were chosen from Andalusia. The room also includes the author's christening gown, which was also worn by her father, her typewriter, and other personal items.
The Flannery O'Connor room is located in the North Clarke Street Entrance to Russell Library (corner of Wilkinson and Clarke streets at 221 N. Clarke Street). Hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM during regular university sessions. For more information on the room and O'Connor, see the information below.
While visiting Milledgeville, there are many places of interest related to Flannery O'Connor that you should consider incorporating into your plans. The following are well worth taking time out to visit:
Tours of the O'Connor Room are self guided. Guided tours and other educational programs are available for groups on an appointment basis. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks ahead of time and are subject to availability of a staff member to conduct them.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Andalusia, The home of Flannery O'Connor
Andalusia is open Thursday-Sunday, 10AM-5PM. Thursdays open until sunset April-September. For more information visit www.andalusiafarm.org
Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch in Milledgeville's Historic Downtown
We invite you to patronize the downtown's varied restaurants and shops. The Historic District boasts ethnic eateries, pizzerias, a bakery, and two coffee houses. The downtown also contains antique shops, clothing and accessory boutiques, and many other unique and local retail stores.
2 p.m.-3 p.m. Tour of the O'Connor Room housed in the Library Galleries. Entrance is located at 221 North Clarke St.
Visit the O'Connor Room for a self-guided tour. For groups of five or more, please contact Special Collections for a guided tour and presentation 478-445-0988.
3 p.m.-4 p.m. Memory Hill Cemetery
Visit the gravesite and family plot of Flannery O'Connor. Free, printable brochures of the cemetery are available from the website: Memory Hill Cemetery.
Milledgeville is also home to many other worthwhile attractions. Here are just a few to consider and some information about other attractions in town: