Hill House

Hill House, 2019

Hill House was the most prominent of the worker’s houses on the O’Connor’s property. It was built by Joseph Stovall in the mid to late 1820s and was the first home on the property. It is a smaller example of the Plantation Plain house type that was common in Georgia and it features a three-room addition that includes a kitchen and a bathroom. Formerly, Hill House was located in the crescent of the driveway near the Main House, but it was moved to its current location in the late 1940s.

Hill House in its original location next to Main House
(Flannery O’Connor – Andalusia Foundation, photo courtesy of Frances Florencourt)

During most of Flannery’s thirteen years of living and working at Andalusia, Hill House was occupied by resident farmers Robert “Jack” and Louise Hill and their border, Willie “Shot” Mason. Flannery was quite fond of them and mentions them several times throughout her published letters. She also took inspiration from them and their sometimes-outrageous behavior. In a letter written in 1961, Flannery wrote “Louise stuck an icepick in Shot but otherwise we go on our peaceful way around here” (The Habit of Being, O’Connor 432).

A Historic View of Hill House
(Flannery O’Connor – Andalusia Foundation, Robert Mann)

Preservation work on Hill House was completed by the Flannery O’Connor – Andalusia Foundation in 2012.