The Union Recorder

June 21, 2013

Andalusia receives grant to continue barn restoration

Felicia Cummings
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — 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 the home of writer Flannery O’Connor. 

“We started on the barn project last year and raised approximately $30,000 to stabilize the perimeter of the building,” said Andalusia Executive Director Craig Amason. “This year we’re working on replacing the roof.” 

The stabilization of the cow barn was the fifth restoration project that the foundation has undertaken in six years. It received a grant for $10,000 in July 2012 from the E.J. Grassmann Trust to help with the project and is continuing with their restoration efforts.

“We have a few pending grants in the wings and the one received in May was greatly appreciated as well,” Amason said. 

The Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board of Milledgeville awarded Andalusia a $10,000 grant in May to help with the roof project. 

The Foundation has been able to complete a few restoration projects since joining the Trust’s “Places in Peril” list in 2006, according to a press release from the Georgia Trust. 

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 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.”

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