Q: I read about the late writer Flannery O’Connor’s farm, Andalusia, being donated to Georgia College. What is their connection to her, and what is the history of the school?
A: The connection between American author Flannery O’Connor and the university in Milledgeville is strong.
O’Connor’s family moved from Savannah to Milledgeville when she was 13, and she later enrolled in the Georgia State College for Women, which would become Georgia College after a number of name changes.
The university was chartered in 1889 as the Georgia Normal and Industrial College after years of urging by Julia Flisch, a journalist for the Augusta Chronicle who sought to advance higher education for women and advocated for a publicly funded women’s college in…