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Archaeological dig planned at Andalusia to find peacocks

Author Flannery O'Conner kept peacocks, and the dig plans to find out where they were kept so historians can understand the site better

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — An archaeological dig will take place on June 11 at Andalusia: Home of Flannery O’Connor at Georgia College in Milledgeville.

O’Connor is a southern writer known for her short stories and novels. She was born in Savannah in 1925, but her family moved to Milledgeville in 1940.

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O’Conner attended and received a BA in Social Science from Georgia College & State University, then Georgia State College for Women.

Disabled by lupus inherited from her father, O’Connor moved back to the family farm in 1951. There, she raised a pride of over 40 peacocks.

There’s hope that the excavation will pinpoint the location of where O’Conner kept her peacocks for there to be more of an understanding of the site’s history.

In Aug. 2017, the Andalusia Foundation donated the landmark to the Georgia College & State University Foundation. 

Georgia College updated the property and reopened it to the public last summer.

The four-day dig will run through Friday and will be open to the public during Andalusia’s hours of operation.

Hours and admissions costs can be found here.

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