There is no exact date given for the setting of Flannery O'Connor's short story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find." The author wrote it in 1953, and that is the approximate time period of the story. We know this since the grandmother played the song "The Tennessee Waltz" in the jukebox at Red Sammy's. "The Tennessee Waltz" was first released in 1946, and Patti Page turned it into a big hit in 1950, so the story must have occurred between 1946-1953. The family sets out from Atlanta, probably in the northern section of the city, since it takes 20 minutes for them to reach the southern outskirts on their way to Florida. They pass Stone Mountain and eventually reach Toomsboro, not far from Macon and O'Connor's home town of Milledgeville.