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Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum
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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.
Reviewed July 13, 2013

We visited this amazing place when we were staying in Plains, Georgia. This incredible site is where the Civil War POW's were kept in prison. Conditions were awful - prisoners died from lack of water, sanitation, food and shelter. It is a green, pleasant peaceful site now, a parkland surrounded by forested woodland, but to be sent there as a POW must have been a death sentence for the men captured during the Civil War between the north and the south. The site was chosen because there was a railway leading to what is now the historic pioneer village of Andersonville.

Thank MelbourneErena
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We were on the way to Plains, GA to see President Carter when we happened upon this place. We made sure to hit it up on the way home and were not disappointed. I had no idea that this former POW camp location even existed. It must have been an unpleasant existence for any Civil War soldier during that time, but this really brings home how difficult it was to be a POW.

The museum was the real highlight and was very well done, although that sounds strange to say seeing what a difficult topic it covers. It focuses on the history of American POWs, from Civil War to current day, and even touches on Japanese internment camps for American families living in Asia during WWII. I had no idea - we never learned about that in history class. I really walked away learning something from this place.

Don't miss the cemetery and be sure to look for the 6 "robber" Union soldier graves that are set apart from the rest of the lost POWs. Fascinating story behind that one.

Thank lndrama
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

When you think for the 14 months that the prison was open that between14,000 and 30,000 people died at Andersonville. Very informative but sad. There is only a small section left of the prison but the water collectors that they drank and washed from are still standing and you just have to wonder how much the Union was hated. The POW Museum that is part of the sight is sad also. They have a special computer that you can look up a prisoner by name from any war.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Driving from Orlando FL to Atlanta GA we decided to have a 3 hour pit stop at Andersonville. (1/2 hour off interstate 75 each way, and 2 hours at park). What a great decision! A small POW museum that covers ALL wars and not just the civil war. Also a beautifully kept historic park. Most of all it is FREE! and wonderful helpful staff that was willing to tell us the quickest route back to the interstate and Atlanta. Just know that it is set in the mist of small towns, so we filled up with gas and got something to eat before we left the interstate.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

One of the most moving places we have visited, you can feel the history just walking the grounds. If you are interested in the Civil War or have ever read any of the books on Andersonville, then this is the place to visit to feel the rest of the the very sad and moving story.

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