Information on:

Andersonville National Historic Site


The only national park to serve as a memorial to all Americans ever held as prisoners of war, Andersonville National Historic Site preserves the site of the largest of the many Confederate military prisons that were established during the Civil War. During the 14 months it operated, more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined here. The park has three main features, the National Prisoner of War Museum, the historic prison site, and the Andersonville National Cemetery.

A visit to the park provides an opportunity to explore the sacrifices made by American prisoners of war throughout our history. Most visitors spend at least two hours in the park. Those with a special interest in the Civil War or American prisoners of war could easily spend most of the day at Andersonville National Historic Site.

The park grounds are open daily from 8:00 am until 5:00 p.m. EST, allowing access to the National Prisoner of War Museum, the historic prison site and the Andersonville National Cemetery. The park grounds including the National Prisoner of War Museum and the historic prison site are closed only three days per year: New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.


Joshua F.

Friday, May 25, 2018
This is a popular place for high school trips. I've been here on many occasions, some educational others more personal as my grandparents are buried there. The museum itself is nice. Well kept and maintained for a place located in a very rural area. The prison site is also maintained well and is a good place to visit for an afternoon, albeit a somber location considering its past.

Stephanie J

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
I feel funny giving the place a high rating. Andersonville doesn't seem like a place that you should enjoy visiting. There is a feeling here that you don't get from other civil war sites, a feeling of unease. Perhaps it's fitting you should feel that way. In addition, there is also the national POW museum. The resilience of these patriots is awe inspiring and more than worth your time.

Arlie Peck

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
This is a site I recommend for all to visit to see what war can cause. However, I would caution parents to prepare children for the experience. It is a thought-provoking experience. Seeing the size of the prison, reading, about the prison and visiting the cemetery is well worth the visit. The adjacent Prisoner of War Museum provides an overview of history of such special experiences. Those especially interested in the Civil War should and must see this site.

Kevin Shoemaker

Monday, June 11, 2018
It's an educational place to visit, but you can tell it's well overdue for some renovations. The sections of of the recreated prison are rotted and old, the Providence spring fountain doesn't trickle down anymore. They could use the funds to fix up things around the park replace old rotted wood, heck it would be amazing if they were able to fully reconstruct the prison because sometimes it is hard to imagine where the prison stood just from those white posts

Michelle H

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
We took a day trip to Andersonville and Plains, GA to see all the Jimmy Carter stuff. If Andersonville is on your route, I’d definitely recommend stopping for a visit. The museum is pretty elaborate and large, but it’s about POWs in general and there’s not quite as much information specific to the site as you’d expect. To get the full experience, make a brief stop in the museum to get a little of the Andersonville history and then walk the grounds and read the posted signs that are dispersed throughout. Lots of interesting nuggets of information about this site of historical horrors.

Andersonville National Historic Site is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media