Open Friday-Wednesday. Adult admission $6.
See below: full visitor information
The Flannery O’Connor childhood home is one of Savannah’s more unique historic house museums. It is the only house museum that depicts life as it would have been during the Great Depression of the early 20th century. It also provides an insight into life for a more modest middle class family, in contrast to the homes of Savannah’s elite.
This house is the former residence of Flannery O’Connor, one of the South’s most celebrated authors. O’Connor’s literary reputation rests on her four works – two novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, and two collections of short stories, A Good Man Is Hard To Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge, the latter published posthumously – bizarre and highly religiously-inflected works that drew upon her intense and lifelong engagement with Catholicism.
O’Connor lived in the house until the age of 13, between 1925 and 1938 (a third of her short life), after which her family moved to Atlanta. Traveling north for her education, O’Connor later returned to her mother’s Milledgeville, GA farm, where she spent most of the years that remained to her until her death – aged 39 – of lupus.
What To See & Do
Guided tours The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home can only be seen on guided tours, which take around 30-45 minutes and visit the second and third floor of the home (the first floor is privately rented). Familiarity with O’Connor’s work will add to your enjoyment of the tour, but is by no means a necessity.
The house is restored in the style of the 1920s to 1930s, with artifacts from the O’Connor family’s time there. Guided tours discuss O’Connor’s life and her family’s experiences and living arrangements in their house on Lafayette Square, typical of the Depression-Era middle class.
Gardens The gardens in the rear of the house are famously the location at which the young Flannery O’Connor first made a name for herself, by teaching a chicken to walk backwards, a feat which was, rarely for the time, captured on film.
The following is correct at the time of writing. Please verify details before planning your trip. For additional information call 912-233-6014 or visit the official website.
Opening hours Open Friday-Wednesday, 1pm-4pm. Closed on major holidays.
Admission Adults $6, students/active-duty military $5, children (0-15) free.
Address 207 East Charlton Street, Savannah, GA 31401
GPS coordinates N 32.072449, W -081.091460
The Flannery O’Connor house is on the southeast corner of Abercorn Street’s Lafayette Square, near the center of Savannah’s historic district. See on map
Parking Street parking should usually be available nearby. Covered parking is available within 5-7 blocks, on Liberty Street: the Liberty Parking Deck at Whitaker Street and AAA Parking at Drayton Street. City passes are valid at neither of these garages. More about parking in Savannah
Public transport The O’Connor Childhood Home is near to one of the DOT fare-free shuttle’s stops, located just across Lafayette Square. More about public transport in Savannah