Summer is generally a time of vacation, enjoying time outdoors, or a quick dip in the pool. This summer, the staff of Andalusia was hard at work on several projects that have conserved several historic features, restored missing elements, and improved access to the site. We are proud of our continued work to restore Andalusia and hope you will enjoy this look at some of our recent progress!
As many of you have observed on our social media, Andalusia recently completed work on a new entranceway to the site. As part of this process, we worked hard to protect the historic integrity of the site, while also improving access for our visitors. This process included new storm drainage, limited paving, better signage, and a turn lane to allow for a safer entry into the grounds.
Additional projects included the conservation of the site’s historic water pump, the installation of a replica farm bell, and conservation work on the main house’s front porch. We also completed work on a new fire detection system and upgraded the site’s security systems. Finally, we have completed work on the restoration of the back parlor, which was constructed by the family from 1958-1959 to provide much needed social space at Andalusia.
We are proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to continuing our work this Fall. Looking forward, we will soon begin work on the restoration of the site’s front door and begin work on the installation of a fire suppression system within the main house.
Through this work, the site has gained recognition for what has been accomplished. Recently, Andalusia was designated a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This designation recognized the significance of the site to the nation’s history, its importance as a site of women’s history, and the preservation work that has been completed.
We are proud of the progress that we have made as we continue our efforts to restore Andalusia and promote the legacy of Flannery O’Connor. If you have not visited before or haven’t been in a while, we look forward to seeing you!!!