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Barn at Flannery O'Connor's Andalusia to be restored

 

 
barn at andulsia 
Last April the Hill House at Andalusia received an award for "Excellence in Restoration" from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

 

 
ATLANTA, June 13 - The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will give a $2,500 grant to the Flannery O'Connor-Andalusia Foundation to help restore the historic cow barn at Andalusia, home of fiction writer Flannery O'Connor. Last April the 544-acre farm in Milledgeville, Ga., hosted nearly 500 guests as a dinner venue for the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's Spring Ramble and the Georgia Statewide Preservation Conference.
Since being placed on The Georgia Trust'sPlaces in Peril list in 2006, Andalusia has completed several restoration projects and is pursuing others. With assistance from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division's Georgia Heritage Grant and donations from the Knight Foundation, City of Milledgeville, and Friends of Andalusia, the water tower behind the main house was fully restored in 2007. The next year, a grant from the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board in Milledgeville made possible the restoration of the old pump house located next to the water tower.

In 2012 the Hill House located on the Andalusia property was completely restored with a Save America's Treasures matching grant in the amount of $120,000 and a $20,000 Georgia Heritage Grant from the Georgia Historic Preservation Division. The building received an award for "Excellence in Restoration" from The Georgia Trust in 2013.

"The Georgia Trust is delighted to award this grant for the rehabilitation of the barn at Andalusia," said Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of The Georgia Trust. "The work of Craig Amason and his board of directors has seen the transformation of this site from its 2006 listing on our Places in Peril list to one of the best presented literary historical sites in the country."

"The Flannery O'Connor-Andalusia Foundation is thrilled and honored to receive this generous grant from The Georgia Trust to assist with the efforts to rehabilitate the cow barn at Andalusia," remarked Craig Amason, executive director of Andalusia. "This structure was an essential part of the farm complex in the 1950s and still is today. Andalusia is not just the place where O'Connor wrote her fiction - it clearly inspired so many of her stories, and the cow barn was certainly a significant element of that landscape."


About the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Celebrating 40 years, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country's largest statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. The Trust is committed to preserving and enhancing Georgia's communities and their diverse historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all.

The Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia's 10 "Places in Peril." The Trust helps revitalize downtowns by providing design and technical assistance in 102 Georgia Main Street cities; trains Georgia's teachers in 63 Georgia school systems to engage students in discovering state and national history through their local historic resources; and advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts.

To learn more about The Georgia Trust, visit www.georgiatrust.org.

 

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