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EXPLORE GEORGIA

ANDALUSIA: THE HOME OF FLANNERY O'CONNOR, GEORGIA COLLEGE

Below: Celebrated author
Flannery O'Connor was
born in Savannah in 1925.
Right: She did most of her
writing while living at
Andalusia, her farm home
in Milledgeville. The
historic home is on the
Southern Literary Trail.

'Being part of [the Southern Literary Trail] has been very
beneficial in several ways. It has helped increase
awareness and visitation.'
-Matt Davis, executive director, Andalusia: The Home of Flannery O'Connor

The concept for the three-state trail began in 2010, when
Alabama attorney William Gantt approached several small literary museums to suggest that they join forces. The effort initially
was managed by a volunteer board, but by 2016, the Mississippi
State University Libraries in Starkville, Miss., agreed to provide
a permanent home, administration and support staff. Gantt is
the chairman of the board, which also consists of two directors
from each state and academic advisers from key universities in
each state.
Authors represented on the trail include some of the
publishing world's most famous writers: Mississippi's William
Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, Alabama's Truman Capote
and Harper Lee, and Georgia's Margaret Mitchell and Alice
Walker.

Trail expansion
" There is no set schedule for adding sites to the trail, "
says Sarah McCullough, director of the Southern Literary Trail
at Mississippi State University Libraries. " Communities are
proposed by board members and must have a strong tie to and
at least one site connected to the Southern fiction writer. Also,
with the exception of Alice Walker, inclusion of writers and their
communities has been posthumous. "
Last July, the Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton became

the newest addition to the trail. It showcases three
well-known authors with connections to Middle
Georgia: Joel Chandler Harris, Flannery O'Connor
and Walker.
" We also partner with the Georgia Writers Hall
of Fame, a program of the University of Georgia's
Hargrett [Rare Book and Manuscript] Library, by
providing space for an exhibition of the 69 authors
who have been inducted since it was established in
2000, " says Melissa Swindell, executive director of
the Georgia Writers Museum. " Their photographs
are on display, plus we have their bios and a collection of all their works; many are signed copies. "
Inductees are selected annually by the hall of
fame through an open nomination process. A panel
of judges includes civic leaders, librarians, representatives from academics, recent hall of fame inductees
and the heads of the University of Georgia Press and
The Georgia Review.
Many of the sites on the literary trail are small
museums that are operated by volunteer staff.
" For instance, here in Moreland, the home of
Erskine Caldwell, we rely heavily on the commuContinued on page 33
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