"In yourself right now is all the
place you've got," Hazel Motes in Wise Blood
by Flannery O'Connor.
Students of the Altamont School in
Birmingham, Alabama, ventured to the Georgia homes of
Flannery O'Connor during their fall break in October 2008
with English teacher Juliet Hemingway. They toured Andalusia
Farm in Milledgeville with Director Craig Amason and
concluded their journey in Savannah at the Childhome Home of
O'Connor with Director Jane Thimmee as their host. Along the
way, the students stopped at The Wren's Nest, the home of
Joel Chandler Harris in Atlanta, for an introduction
to the house where the Uncle Remus stories were written by
Harris descendant Lain Shakespeare. The Southern Literary
Trail proudly presents this scrapbook page of photos from
the tour and the students' comments about the unique places
in Georgia they visited:
"At Andalusia Farm, we were all deeply
affected by the power of the place and the things that
belonged to Miss O'Connor. I was especially touched by the
presence of her crutches in the front room, so close to the
desk and the typewriter where she worked. They emphasize the
physical frailty behind a voice powerful enough to channel
Altamont Students on the front steps of
"Andalusia is important because it preserves the
history of a great southern writer for generations to come."
"Andalusia was very much related to the short
stories by O'Connor that we read before our trip. Andalusia is a
well preserved monument to one of the best writers ever to come out
of the South."
"It is interesting to see the land that not only
inspired Flannery O'Connor's work but also nurtured her development
of it. It is easy to imagine O'Connor here, working and crafting her
stories. To enter the surroundings that O'Connor herself was
immersed in feels very near to walking right into the middle of one
of her stories."
Overlooking the fields of Andalusia
Andalusia Pond in the background
"In contrast to the urban beauty of Savannah, and
her childhood home there, Andalusia is quite rural. I can easily
imagine Hazel Motes returning to a far more modest version of the
house in the same setting. While I was visiting the house, and
seeing where O'Connor wrote many of her stories, I could almost hear
her voice or, at least, what I imagine her voice sounded like."
"The beauty of Andalusia, as well as Savannah, is
clearly instilled in all of O'Connor's work. Seeing Andalusia allows
for the beauty of her writing to be more clearly framed with the
beauty of the physical landscape."
"Andalusia was beautiful and well preserved.
Being able to walk by the pond or sit on the front porch was an
incredible experience. I loved being able to pet Flossy and sit by
the pond on the benches to watch the water."
Enjoying Flannery's front porch at
The O'Connor Childhood Home, Savannah
The Wren's Nest, Atlanta
"I was amazed at the fact that Flannery
O'Connor's room at Andalusia was largely untouched and the only
things missing were her desk and typewriter. It was almost as if I
could see her sitting at the window, typing up her next
"The farm at Andalusia was really awesome. The
house has been kept in great shape and the whole grounds are very
pretty. After reading some of Flannery O'Connor's short stories, it
was really cool to see where she wrote them. It was a great way to
learn about Flannery's life in a very fun and interesting way."
"O'Connor's home at Andalusia was beautiful. I
loved seeing the old barn and just walking around the outside of the
house. I especially loved the inside of the house, the light coming
in through the windows against the gray walls and the antique
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