The Cow Barn

The Cow Barn, 2019

The Cow Barn is one of the most beloved and recognizable buildings at Andalusia. The milking room is located in the far right side of the barn and features 14 milking stations. Bales of hay were raised to the loft above with a pulley and a hinged hayfork. The Cow Barn, and specifically the hayloft, are some of the most obvious influences on Flannery’s writing. In “Good Country People,” Hulga’s fateful encounter with the bible salesman takes place in a hayloft much like the one looking out across the property of Andalusia.

Extensive restoration work has been done on the Cow Barn by the Flannery O’Connor – Andalusia Foundation including repairing and reinforcing doors, siding, and gates.