Andalusia Farm: Looking Back | Arts & Culture
As 2013 recedes in the rear view mirror, I am acutely aware of the many changes that have occurred at Andalusia during this past year. In April we celebrated the restoration of the Hill House with a reception to mark the completion of this two-year project. To top it all off, we received The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation award for excellence in restoration at a ceremony held on April 26 in the Old Capitol Building. In addition to bestowing this award, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation gave us a $2,500 grant to continue our work on the cow barn. With their help and a generous $10,000 grant from the Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board, we were finally able to put a much-needed new roof on the structure. Now that we have a new roof and the barn is stabilized, we hope to be able to open it to visitors at some point in the future. In 2013, we finally were connected to city water service. It is such a relief knowing that we now have a dependable source of water and don't have to worry about the well running dry in the midst of a summer drought (though, as luck would have it, 2013 was the rainiest year in Georgia's history). Much credit for this and the aforementioned preservation/restoration work goes to our former Executive Director, Craig Amason. Yes, I did say former. The biggest change of the year, as far as I'm concerned, was the departure of Craig last month. Having been at Andalusia just about as long as Flannery (13 years), Craig left us to take a position with Piedmont College in Demorest, where his wife, Amy, is also employed. In November, after having interviewed many qualified candidates, the Flannery O'Connor-Andalusia Foundation chose Elizabeth Wylie as our next Executive Director. She comes to us from Boston and brings with her a broad background museums and management of non-profits. She has a proven track record in fund raising and is brimming with innovative ideas. I look forward to working for her and have every confidence that we are going to be well served by her leadership. Next week, we will take a look at what's ahead in 2014.