Presidential Pathways / Andersonville

Andersonville National Historic Site

760 POW Rd
Andersonville, GA 31711

229-924-0343
  • Andersonville National Historic Site

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  • Saluting at the annual Memorial Day service.

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  • Civil War graves and monuments in the Andersonville National Cemetery decorated for Memorial Day.

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  • An autumn day at the Andersonville National Cemetery.

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  • National Prisoner of War Museum

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  • A living history educator dressed as a Union prisoner of war points to a Confederate guard.

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  • Original earthworks surround the Andersonville prison. Built by prisoners, these earthworks were intended to defend the prison against a Union attack which never came.

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  • Volunteer dressed as a Union prisoner of war interprets the prison experience for visitors.

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  • Young visitor interacts with a park ranger dressed as a Union prisoner of War.

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  • Civil War graves and monuments in the Andersonville National Cemetery.

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  • Visitors view exhibits at Andersonville National Historic Site's National Prisoner of War Museum.

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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 throughout 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.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Free

    Facility Amenities

    Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site, Free Parking, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible, Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly, Motorcoach-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    75

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • First Saturday Programs

    First Saturday Programs

    02/01/2014 - 12/05/2015

    During the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, park staff will conduct a series of programs on the first Saturday of each month. These programs will explore the events, conditions, or emotions of prisoners during the war. To expand the prisoner story, the park will also feature other Civil War prisons and draw on their stories to present a fuller picture of a soldier's life beyond the battlefield. 

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  • Living History Weekend

    Living History Weekend

    10/25/2014 - 10/26/2014

    The staff and volunteers at Andersonville National Historic Site will lead you through the events that took place every day within the Andersonville prison (Camp Sumter), as well as within the Confederate camps and offices. The living historians and re-enactors will explain to you the activities and challenges that the soldiers from both sides faced daily: How did these men endure the many hardships they confronted daily? Were these men any different than the normal soldier in the field? What... read more

  • Avenue of Flags for Veterans Day

    Avenue of Flags for Veterans Day

    11/07/2014 - 11/12/2014

    On Veterans Day weekend, the Andersonville National Historic Site will display The Avenue of Flags, a multiplicity of U.S. flags on both sides of the principal avenue or drive that leads from the main entrance gate into the cemetery. The Avenue of Flags reinforces patriotism, national pride and represents a visible, bold and proud display of flags.

    In most cases, the Avenue of Flags is only flown on days of special ceremonial significance such as Memorial Day. At Andersonville National... read more

  • Night Museum

    Night Museum

    11/15/2014 - 11/15/2014

    Experience the National Prisoner of War Museum and the historic prison site after dark. The museum and bookstore will be open. At 7 p.m., a special program will occur in the museum theater. From the courtyard at the rear of the museum, the path to the prison site will be illuminated by candle lanterns, allowing access to the reconstructed northeast corner of the prison site. Among the replica shelters will be living history volunteers, portraying the often-overlooked winter period of the pris... read more

  • Wreaths Across America

    Wreaths Across America

    12/13/2014 - 12/13/2014

    Each December, Andersonville National Historic Site participates in the national Wreaths Across America program to remember and honor our military veterans. Sponsored wreaths will be laid on gravesites in national cemeteries across the country, including Andersonville National Cemetery, on the second Saturday of December. Wreaths provided through the Wreaths Across America are placed on sponsored grave locations and older graves. 

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  • Night Museum

    Night Museum

    01/24/2015 - 01/24/2015

    Experience the National Prisoner of War Museum and the historic prison site after dark. The museum and bookstore will be open. At 7 p.m., a special program will occur in the museum theater. From the courtyard at the rear of the museum, the path to the prison site will be illuminated by candle lanterns, allowing access to the reconstructed northeast corner of the prison site. Among the replica shelters will be living history volunteers, portraying the often-overlooked winter period of the pris... read more

  • Living History Weekend

    Living History Weekend

    03/14/2015 - 03/15/2015

    Throughout the day, the staff and volunteers at Andersonville National Historic Site will lead you through the events that took place every day within the Andersonville prison (Camp Sumter) as well within the Confederate camps and offices. The living historians and re-enactors will explain to you the activities and challenges that the soldiers from both sides faced daily: How did these men endure the many hardships they confronted daily? Were these men any different than the normal soldier in... read more

  • Avenue of Flags for National Former POW Recognition Day

    Avenue of Flags for National Former POW Recognition Day

    04/03/2015 - 04/13/2015

    The Avenue of Flags is the display of a multiplicity of U.S. flags usually arrayed on both sides of the principal avenue or drive that leads from the main entrance or gate into the cemetery. The Avenue of Flags cemetery and reinforces patriotism, national pride and represents a visible, bold and proud display of flags. In most cases, the Avenue of Flags is only flown on days of special ceremonial significance such as Memorial Day. At Andersonville National Cemetery, the Avenue of Flags displa... read more

  • Park Day

    Park Day

    04/11/2015 - 04/11/2015

    Park Day is the nationwide volunteer effort created by the Civil War Trust. This annual hands-on preservation event comprises more than 100 sites in 24 states. Volunteers will participate in activities ranging from trash removal to trail building, while learning more about each site from local experts. In exchange for their effort, volunteers receive t-shirts or patches. Individuals of all ages and ability levels are welcome, and many activities are appropriate for groups, like scout troops ... read more

  • Memorial Day Observance

    Memorial Day Observance

    05/23/2015 - 05/25/2015

    Each year, Andersonville National Cemetery hosts a series of activities to commemorate the Memorial Day holiday. On the Friday before the holiday, the Avenue of Flags is raised in the National Cemetery by volunteers.

    Volunteers honor our veterans by participating in the Flag Placement Program throughout the weekend. On Saturday morning, volunteers, including scout and youth groups from across the state, place flags throughout Andersonville National Cemetery. During the weekend, volunte... read more

  • Avenue of Flags for National POW/MIA Recognition Day

    Avenue of Flags for National POW/MIA Recognition Day

    09/11/2015 - 09/21/2015

    The Avenue of Flags is the display of a multiplicity of U.S. flags usually arrayed on both sides of the principal avenue or drive that leads from the main entrance or gate into the cemetery. The Avenue of Flags cemetery and reinforces patriotism, national pride and represents a visible, bold and proud display of flags. In most cases, the Avenue of Flags is only flown on days of special ceremonial significance such as Memorial Day. At Andersonville National Cemetery, the Avenue of Flags displa... read more

  • Memorial Illumination

    Memorial Illumination

    09/18/2015 - 09/19/2015

    On September 18 and 19, 2015, volunteers will place nearly 13,000 candle luminaries on the prison site; each representing the death of a United States soldier during the 14-month operation of the prison. On those evenings, the luminaries will be viewable by driving the prison loop road after dark.

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  • Funeral for 13,000

    Funeral for 13,000

    09/19/2015 - 09/19/2015

    On September 19, 2015 Andersonville National Cemetery will host a ceremony to remember the nearly 13,000 American soldiers who died while held captive at Andersonville prison, part of the 56,000 Americans who died as prisoners of war during the Civil War. This service will be the funeral they never received.

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