Georgia Writers Museu

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Who We Are

Georgia Writers Museum was inspired by the literary heritage of internationally known writers Alice Walker, Flannery O'Connor and Joel Chandler Harris who grew up and began writing in the area.  

The museum seeks to attract and engage visitors of all ages to share in the enjoyment of the written word, through historical storytelling, interactive writing and other activities that enrich appreciation for writing on a personal level

The museum is also the year-round home for the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame exhibit.  The Hall of Fame was established in 2000 as part of the University of Georgia's Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library to honor Georgia writers and to introduce the public to the library’s rich collections for research into Georgia literature and cultural history. 

Our Mission

The mission of the Georgia Writers Museum is to create a new generation of readers and writers through the celebration of Georgia’s remarkable literary heritage, a heritage that  illustrates the power of the written word to transform lives.

Our Goal 

To become known as the center for the literary arts in Georgia, to preserve the love for and enjoyment of the written word for generations to come and to insure Georgia retains its place of prestige in American literature.  

Our History

In 2011. business owners and citizens of Eatonton and Putnam County, Georgia, gathered to talk about ways to drive economic growth by showcasing county's abundant assets. 

Lake Country Arts was formed two years later in 2013 to enhance the economy and quality of life in Georgia's Lake Country by creating arts-related venues and attractions to bring tourists and visitors to the Lake Country. The Georgia Writers Museum, a tax exempt organization, is  the first initiative created by Lake Country Arts.   

The Museum opened at 109 South Jefferson Avenue in downtown Eatonton in April, 2014. 

Permanent Exhibits are Dedicated to Our Three Famous Local Authors

Alice Walker

Born in Eatonton, Georgia, on February 9, 1944, Walker is a novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, and activist. 

Her most famous novel, The Color Purple , was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction in 1983.  It was later turned into a film and a Broadway musical.

Flannery O'Connor

Born in Savannah, Georgia, on March 25, 1925, O'Connor lived most of her life near Milledgeville, just southwest of Eatonton.  

She is best known for her short story collections, including A Good Man is Hard to Find (1955) and Everything That Rises Must Converge (1965). 

Joel Chandler Harris

 Born in Eatonton, Georgia, on December 9, 1845, Chandler is one of the South's most influential authors and a renown journalist.  

He is most remembered for his Uncle Remus folktales.