The owners of author Flannery O'Connor turned her Andalusia Farm over to Georgia College & State University Wednesday.

That came a day after the Georgia board of regents voted to accept the gift from the Andalusia Foundation.

Georgia College plans to use the 35-acre site outside Milledgeville for programs in English, history, creative writing, art, museum studies, life sciences, and to host visiting writers and scholars.

Donna Barwick, chairwoman of the Andalusia Foundation said, "We as a board have confidence that the college, if they treat this place the way they have the other places that they own; the Sally Davis House and some of the others that were mentioned earlier. They do an excellent job of maintaining those properties."

The college's president, Steve Dorman, called the gift, "a great opportunity for Georgia College and the GCSU Foundation to help preserve, protect and enhance the memory of one of our most influential alumni."

O'Connor, best known for the Southern Gothic novel "Wise Blood" and for dozens of short stories, is the college's best-known graduate.

She graduated in 1945 from Georgia State College for Women, which later became Georgia College.

O'Connor lived on the farm from 1951 until her death in 1964.

Andalusia is listed on the national register of historic places due to its significance to Southern literature.