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Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum
496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, GA 31711
229-924-0343
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
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Owner description: 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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“Pay your Respects”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

So many men died for this cause both Northern and Southern - horrific and sad - please go and pay your respects and get a better understanding of what these men endured for our country!

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“Moving Echoes Of The Past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Actual visit was 4/4/2009. My family decided to visit the Civil War because we read much about it in "Blame It on the Rain: How the Weather Has Changed History by Laura Lee'. This preserved historical site was once the home to POW's of the Civil War and offers an in-site to the hardships faced by Confederate soldiers of war imprisoned here in 1864-65. The field to where the camp was situated is quite enormous with a travel road (audio tour optional) to view monuments and points of interest around the site. The nearest home is over two miles away in any direction, so the quiet calm that settles over this land is reflective to the events that took place here. (the prisoners were severely short on food and water; illness was rampant). The moving memorials to the soldiers are poignant. Also on-site is a national cemetery that holds services for active members of the armed forces. A truly significant and remarkable place to visit.

Visited April 2013
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“Very nice National Park.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Traveling from Atlanta to Plains, GA, the infamous Confederate prison at Andersonville is a worthwhile stop. Being a Civil War buff, I encouraged the family to stop, and all were glad that they did. It is now the National POW National Park, dedicated to POWs of all wars. The introductory film is very moving and well done. The free driving CD is easy to follow and well worth the time. It is definitely a sobering experience of what these people who were POWs of all wars went through.

Visited April 2013
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“Claimed to be the wosrt Prison Camp of the Civil War”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

A very well self guided trip around what is purported to be the worst Prisoner of War camp of the Civil War. (Nobody ever mentions the Prisoner of War Camp in Chicago)
After the tour I wondered how the Yankees won given their propensity to pee upstream in the creek they got their drinking water out of (downstream).
Oh is that where dysentery comes from.
Anyway lots of history here and a small but fact filled museum. The National Cemetery is worth walking around in. Like most it's almost full and they are stacking two and three deep.
Lots of monuments and facts to read on this educational tour.
Plan for four or more hours to really get a feel for the vastness of this place.

Visited June 2012
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“Very Powerful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Informative and powerful display. While the thrust of the park is for the Civil War Prison, this museum is dedicated to all prisoners of war. Plan on 45-60 minutes to fully view it.

Visited March 2013
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