During my first year at Georgia College, I lived in the then-derelict Ennis Hall, directly behind this enigmatic literary landmark. Flannery’s mother, Regina Cline O’Connor, well into her nineties, still lived here then. The house was in a much worse state of repair at the time. Apparently, it was built by a General Gordon around 1820. During the mid-1830s it was rented to the State of Georgia for use as a temporary Governor’s Mansion, and was later owned by Flannery O’Connor’s matriarchal ancestors, the Clines. At some point in its early history it was the victim of a fire, though I’m unsure about the chronology.
In his seminal work Architecture of Middle Georgia: The Oconee Area, John Linley states:
Milledgeville Historic District, National Register of Historic Places