Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home, Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia, is teeming with literary lore, but one of the jewels is certainly Flannery O’Connor’s childhood home at 207 East Charlton Street.
It’s a tall 19th century Greek revival townhouse – one of the many row houses in Savannah, built in 1856. O’Connor lived here from her birth in 1925 to 1938, inspiring the Depression-era décor at the museum.
“We have several items that belonged to the O’Connor family, and that were here when Flannery lived in the house,” Jared Hall with the museum, said, but the most inquired about is certainly the pram or baby carriage that her mother used to take the baby about town.
The home also has a humorous bit of O’Connor history – a newsreel featuring a young Flannery and her trained chickens. “Cousin Kate in 1930 gave Flannery a fancy pair of bantams – a rooster and a hen,” Hall said. “That year they were taught by Flannery to walk backwards. This came to Cousin Kate’s attention who shared the feat with her friends at the Pathe Newsreel Corporation in New York City.”
Inside Flannery O’Connor’s childhood home
In the next year a cameraman from Pathe came to Savannah, “and on this site at the home filmed, ‘Do You Reverse.’” Hall said. “It starred Mary O’Connor of Savannah and her backward walking hen – the rooster did not cooperate.”
Go online to www.britishpathe.com to see the newsreel.
Literary Savannah is an excellent spot for a road trip readers will enjoy. Hall said, “Savannah is a beautiful place to live and visit. The 22 squares and live oak trees border nearly all of the historic district and provide a lush environment for writing and creativity. It is quite amazing to be in the middle of such a rich literary history and humbling as well.”