The Horse Barn

The Horse Barn, 2019

The property was originally named “Sorrel Farms” by Dr. Bernard Cline before it was rechristened “Andalusia” by Flannery and her mother, Regina. The Horse Barn is where Dr. Cline kept the sorrel horses he named the property after in the 1930s and 40s. It houses eight horse stalls flanking a central hall with four stalls on either side, a hayloft, and an open shed space.

Flannery at the Horse Barn’s fence, 1962
Photo from New York Times Book Review, November 28, 1971

Though many domestic animals lived on the farm, there were few that made so great an impact as Flossie. In 1962, Flannery got her mother a Mexican burro named Ernest for Mother’s Day. This may seem like a strange gift, but Regina liked it and the O’Connors ended up adding a female Sicillian donkey, a “jenny,” named Marquita to the farm. In September 1963, Ernest and Marquita had a foal that Regina named Equinox. Flannery was quite taken with the burro in her final year and wrote in a letter “The books & the burro came today and I do appreciate them. I’m not up to the books yet but I will be let us hope later on. I’m up to the burro. Equinox inside and out” (The Habit of Being, O’Connor 595). In the early 1970s, Marquita mated with a pony stallion and gave birth to Flossie, the offspring of a horse and a jenny, colloquially known as a “hinny.” Flossie and her half-brother Equinox were constant companions until Equinox passed away in 1998. Flossie’s curiosity and spirited nature delighted both visitors and foundation workers alike when Andalusia was reopened as a historic museum. Flossie lived a long life and was well cared for up to her death on June 11th, 2010. She is buried near the tree line behind the Horse Barn next to Equinox.

Memorial Plaque for Flossie