Andersonville National Historic Site
Andersonville, GA 31711
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
Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site, Free Parking, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours
Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible, Open Year 'Round
Near Interstate Highway
Civil War Site
Suitable for Ages
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.
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 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 display is arrayed ...read more
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
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
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
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.read more
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 being held captive at Andersonville prison. These soldiers are 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.read more