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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.


Beth Stella

Friday, July 20, 2018
So much more than a Civil War historical site. This place is a ways off the beaten path, but I assure you it is worth the trip. The National Prisoner of War Museum was incredibly moving, and the exhibits were executed on level with the Smithsonian museums in DC. We planned on spending an hour here and ended up spending more than three. Due to the sensitive nature of the museum exhibits, I wouldn't bring younger children here. Overall, an incredible place everyone should experience and a must-see for lovers of American history, military history, and the freedoms we enjoy every day.

Tim Mathews

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
I love going to this place. I have been going here since I was a kid. My mother used to take my brother and I, and we we're always fascinated by the all the sites here. They have added something's since then but it a really nice place go and visit. I suggest having a whole day though. There are lots of things to see and do. They have a really nice gift shop that is just loaded with historical facts about the park. There are little short videos that you can watch as you tour through the museum. Then you can ride all through the park and the old prison area.

Ricky Thompson

Saturday, July 7, 2018
The museum was small but filled with interesting artifacts. The grounds of the fort were very well kept and beautiful as well as the cemetery. I would definitely recommend stopping by if you love history or want to learn a little more about it. The staff was very friendly and helpful as well.

sue wiley

Sunday, July 8, 2018
Touching place. Memories of a rough time for most of our country. Especially tough time for Union soldiers who were prisoners of war of the Confederacy. The Confederacy didn't have enough food to feed their own troops and having thousands of prisoners only made troops and prisoners hungry. It is beautiful property. Topically And suffering-wise is reminiscent of Gettysburg. I am surprised at how few monuments were placed there by the states to honor their service (mostly) men. A lovely place to spend a few or several hours, picnic ( bring your food. None available outside of Americus) AND ponder / meditate AND traipse over this bug hilly property. Lots of freedom to explore.

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.

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