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15 Minutes Away on Foot: Tour the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home

May 2, 2011

This week, we highlight the Flannery O’Conner Childhood Home located on Lafayette Square, at the intersection of Abercorn Street and East Charlton Street. The physical address of the Flannery O’Conner house is 207 East Charlton Street.

The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home. Photo by Author.

The Flannery O’Conner Childhood Home is a historic row house located on the south side of Lafayette Square, directly across from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The house is one of few in the country restored to the 1930s Depression-Era. The restoration time period was chosen as the period of significance for this house was the time when O’Conner was growing up in Savannah and creating the memories that would impact her writing throughout her career.

In addition to being open to the public as a museum, the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home also offers a variety of free events throughout the year, including free Sunday lecture series in both the spring and the fall, a Garden Party in honor of O’Conner’s birthday, and the Annual Ursrey Memorial Lecture, which has brought Michael Cunningham, Allan Gurganus, and Jaimy Gordon to Savannah.

The Flannery O’Conner Childhood Home is open Friday – Wednesday (closed Thursdays and major holidays) 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Admission to the house is $6 per person. Spring and Fall lectures on Sunday afternoons are free to the public.

Getting to the Flannery O’Conner Childhood Home from the Catherine Ward House Inn by foot is easy. From door to door, it takes as little as 6-10 minutes to walk between the two.

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