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“Well Done and it Causes a Lot of Reflection”

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 August 4, 2013

Covers the civil war prison, POW's for all wars, and the Andersonville National Cemetery (13000 Union troops buried here plus more recent burials as well). There is a half hour film which is helpful for orientation and a portrays an overview of the Andersonville prison experience. The museum is extensive and offers the visitor a sense of what some of being a prisoner is like. The Civil War grounds and the cemetery can be walked, or there is a two part audio tour you can do from the car in about an hour and a half (no charge).

Sobering. Sad. Motivational. All at the same time.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

We visited this National Historic Site recently. Even though what happened there is very depressing, it was a wonderful place to visit. The visitors center is very well done with a nice museum. The park itself is also handicap accessible for those who cannot walk around the sights. Very well done; the National Park Service does it again!!

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

A wonderful experience. I bought a book there and learned so much more than the several hours we were there. I suggest that, if your going to invest in the time it will take you to get there, you by a book first, read it, and your experience at Andersonville will be more meaningful.

2  Thank Bob L
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Fascinating place to visit. We had researched 'interesting places to visit' and came across this Site- we drove many hours to get there and it was definitely worth it. EVERY American should go to this historical site. I was impressed that the museum mixes up all of the wars- they treat all POWs as equally important regardless of which war they served in. There is a 27-minute video near the entrance of the museum that should not be missed. This features interviews from actual POW survivors from several different wars. The rest of the museum illustrates the experiences of POWs with well-done displays, photographs, and artifacts from POW survivors. It is well-organized, educational, and very well done.
The grounds behind the museum is the actual site where the Civil War POWs lived. To think of all the suffering that 44,000 Union POWs endured (at the hand of other Americans), and that 17,000 Soldiers died there --where you are actually standing-- is emotional and powerful.
At first the cemetery looks like a typical military cemetery but the graves from the Civil War soldiers are right next to each other with no space in between due to the volume of those dying- they were buried shoulder-to-shoulder. Very dramatic to actually see.
To ANY POW or soldier reading this... There are many 'First- & Second-generation' Americans that owe you their life... you fought for many people's freedom... and I am grateful to your service. I am personally grateful to all who have served. My father was a Holocaust survivor - he was liberated from Dachau, Germany in 1945 and was near death (he weighed 75 pounds). If it wasn't for brave soldiers like you his 5 children (2 of them doctors- one of them is me-) and 11 grandchildren wouldn't be alive today. There are many other people out there whose lives your service has directly affected in a positive way... You have given the priceless gift of freedom and life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This has long been on my "to do" list and I am so glad to have finally made it. We arrived before the visitor center and museum opened so we took that time to drive through the cemetery. It was much smaller than many national cemeteries I have seen. It is flat and would be very walkable in nice weather. Many monuments and interpretive signs to see.
The POW museum is a must see. To see first hand what these men and women endured is humbling and sobering.
Do not leave the visitor center without seeing the film. I read that there are two films but I am only aware of one that was being shown. It was about the prison camp and there would be cut aways to modern day ex POWs sharing about their experiences. It was very well done.
We walked outside the visitor center to recreated part of the camp. The camp is much too large and it was already getting too hot to spend much time walking so we got into the car to finish the tour driving around the site. I was quite surprised at how hilly it is.
It is so sad to think of the conditions the prisoners endured. It is not something we typically think happened on our own soil.

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