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Ga. Trust Helps Restore Flannery O'Connor's Barn

A Georgia nonprofit dedicated to preserving the state's historic treasures is giving $2,500 to help restore a cow barn at the Milledgeville farm of author Flannery O'Connor.

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation says the grant money will go to the Flannery O'Connor-Andalusia Foundation.

Andalusia is the 544-acre farm where O'Connor lived and wrote from 1951 until her death in 1964. The Georgia Trust placed the estate on its 2006 list of Places in Peril. Since then, the water tower, pump house and a 19th century cottage on the property have all been restored.

Craig Amason, Andalusia's executive director, says the barn that's being rehabilitated was "an essential part" of the farm in years O'Connor lived there and wrote her fiction.

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