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Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum

496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, GA 31711-4040
+1 229-924-0343
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Worth the detour

I wasn't even aware that the USA had an organisation dedicated to POW or that they had Prisons... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Em B
A Reminder of Our Fallen

A somber reminder of the atrocities of any war. The driving tour of the grounds in sync with the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Diggy H
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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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496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, GA 31711-4040
+1 229-924-0343
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't even aware that the USA had an organisation dedicated to POW or that they had Prisons during the civil war (although it makes sense in hindsight). I learnt a lot from this visit about American POWs as a whole and would definitely recommend...More

Thank Em B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A somber reminder of the atrocities of any war. The driving tour of the grounds in sync with the audio recording from the website keeps you engaged and is very informative. We were glad that we had the opportunity to visit and pay our respects...More

Thank Diggy H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'd read the novel "Andersonville" and had some idea of the place, but was still sobered by my visit to the historic site. A self-guided drive around the prison site gives a good idea of its layout. Some recreated sections of wall suggest how it...More

Thank Sc00byD00byD00
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived here just in time to hear an excellent introductory talk by Wellington, an intern from Gettysburg. He used some sketches or paintings of the prison to give us insight into what it was like for a soldier being held there. Since this is...More

Thank Mimivfl73
Reviewed 17 July 2017

This is a very interesting stop on a Civil War tour, and must-see to get a grasp of this dark part of the war. The POW Museum is wonderful. It is not just a Civil War museum, but a dedication to POWs of all wars....More

Thank Jay B
Reviewed 16 July 2017

There was a lot of information and history available. There is a CD that you can borrow as you drive along the historic site and cemetery. It is good for adults, but not that interesting for kids and teens.

Thank Diane P
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

We weren't sure what to expect when we visited. The POW museum brought some personal insight into the minds of the POWs when they knew they were going to be captured. The museum covers all wars, not just the Civil War. The Andersonville prison itself...More

Thank karenbW2938ZU
Reviewed 9 July 2017

The ranger said, "this is not a happy place". He is right. This spot was the sight of horrific conditions for the prisoners held there. It is a massive site and hard to imagine how bad the conditions were until you step outside and the...More

Thank char1scott
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Very interesting and powerful. I don't think a lot of people know about it because very few people were here which was good for us. There is lots to see with the cemetery, museum, movies, tours and whats left of the camp. It is possible...More

Thank Leslie G
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

This place is similar to visiting concentration camps of WW2. It is something everyone should see up close and learn of what war can do to people. The Civil War prison side of it was truly awesome to behold. One could feel the pain and...More

Thank David B
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24 March 2017|
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Response from Anthony P | Reviewed this property |
As with all things - it depends. At a minimum, I would give yourself a couple of hours. The Park Service has a Audio tour for your vehicle that is free, and it takes roughly an hour. It covers Camp Sumter (Andersonville... More
8 October 2016|
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Response from Walt_H_1956 | Reviewed this property |
On second thought, yes it is, depending on your route from Florida. If you're coming north on I-75, it's about 35 minutes west of Perry, GA. Worth a side trip, then back to 75 towards Atlanta, then east to Myrtle Beach... More
Linda F
31 January 2016|
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Response from Liz D | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest you spend a day at Andersonville. You could also take a day in Columbus for the Port Columbus Civil War Museum, and Museum of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. If you have a few days and want... More