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Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum

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Address: 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, GA 31711
Phone Number: 229-924-0343
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Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: Andersonville National Historic Site pays tribute to all American...
Andersonville National Historic Site pays tribute to all American prisoners of war. The park has three features: the National Prisoner of War Museum, the site of the Andersonville prison, and the Andersonville National Cemetery.The National Prisoner of War Museum commemorates the sacrifices of all American prisoners of war. Museum exhibits tell the story of prisoners of war using artifacts, visuals, text and oral history interviews with former prisoners of war. Two 30-minute introductory films alternate thoughout the day. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. A tour road encircles the Andersonville prison site; a self-guided driving tour is available. The Andersonville National Cemetery contains the graves of nearly 13,000 Union prisoners of war. The national cemetery is still active and contains over 20,000 interments.Most visitors spend at least two hours in the park. Those with an interest in the Civil War or military history could easily spend most of the day.
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Be sure to see video first and learn about infamous POW stockade for Union soldiers, then drive around the outline of the stockade to get a good sense of the horrid hell that was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Talkeetna, Alaska
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Talkeetna, Alaska
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Be sure to see video first and learn about infamous POW stockade for Union soldiers, then drive around the outline of the stockade to get a good sense of the horrid hell that was Andersonville. A sad part of a sad War, every American should visit here. Also has POW/MIA memorial with thoughtful educational displays from Revolutionary War to current.... More 

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New Castle, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Even though I knew about the civil war POW camp in Andersonville, it never really hit home with me until I experienced it. The site and museum are so well done and so beautifully maintained. The park rangers are so knowledgeable and good tour guides. You can take a tour with them or go yourself. They offer CD or tapes... More 

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Valdosta, GA
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9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

We spent 2.5 hours going thru the museum, taking the driving tour, taking pictures but had to rush thru the cemetery portion of the driving tour because of needing to be somewhere at a specific time. Wish we could have spent more time listening to the cemetery driving portion. It was very informative and sure opened our eyes to the... More 

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connecticut
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55 reviews 55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

We recently visited Andersonville and were completely overwhelmed by the experience. The National Prisoner of War Museum is so will done that at times that we felt that we were prisoners of war from the Civil war thru the Vietnam conflict. The cemetery is still active and you might encounter a funeral while you are there. The entire area is... More 

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Florida
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85 reviews 85 reviews
20 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We visited Andersonville to see the grave of one of my ancestors who is buried there. To be honest, we thought it would be a quick visit. We ended up spending over 4 hours there. I really cannot say it was fun, it is not that kind of place. It was humbling to see how many young men died in... More 

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Appleton
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157 reviews 157 reviews
69 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I had never heard of this civil war prison, so had no idea what to expect. I think it is best to start with the two movies so you have an idea of what you will see....they are excellent films. Then use the "free" cd for the driving tour. You will stop at areas, get out of the car, read... More 

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Seattle
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205 reviews 205 reviews
37 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is a remote Civil War location, but the suffering of the men incarcerated here deserves a visit. We got there at park opening time, 8 am,and had it to ourselves except for a dog walker. Walk or drive the camp site,and be aware that for some reason there are no paths to markers. Some apologist wrote a lot of... More 

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Naples, Florida
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118 reviews 118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

very nice grounds to learn about the history of the civil war prisoner of war camp....plus there is a pow museum to learn about all pow's throughout our history...very moving movies, interviews, etc...

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Orlando, Florida
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390 reviews 390 reviews
215 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The historic site has three main attractions: POW Museum, Prison Site and Cemetery. The museum is large, but with aging exhibits. You can watch a 28 minute video in the theatre, but it's about the same age as the exhibits. The Prison Site can be toured on foot or by car...I recommend by car -- there's a few monuments and... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
33 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Huge site with lots of things to see. Just in the visitor's center there are two 30 minute videos, one about the history of Andersonville and I believe the other is about the history of POWs. The museum is very robust and comprehensive. Behind the visitor's center is the prison site. This is best seen by car, with the optional... More 

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