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Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum

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Address: 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, GA 31711
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Andersonville National Historic Site pays tribute to all American prisoners...

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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We arrived close to closing time, so didn't go in the visitor's center or POW museum. We just drove around and saw everything. We also had 2 young-ish children with us, so that... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Griffin, Georgia
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived close to closing time, so didn't go in the visitor's center or POW museum. We just drove around and saw everything. We also had 2 young-ish children with us, so that type visit was probably appropriate. This site definitely handles wells the horrific facts of what happened here, and the cemetery is awe-inspiring.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are history buffs and were happy that we could visit both Plains GA and the Andersonville site in one trip. This is definitely the darker side of American History, highlighting how politics can result in real struggles. I don't think I was prepared for the depth of my reaction. My advice: do Andersonville first and Plains second which will... More 

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Augusta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Originally planned as a day trip, the magnitude of this facility was highly underestimated. Anyone interested in this aspect of the Civil War, as well as to develop a deeper understanding of the treatment of POWs, can easily spend a full day or more examining the presentations within the museum and touring the old prison and associated burial grounds. This... More 

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Thank ricnlarry
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazingly preserved and organized. You can see the real grounds and memorials at this National Park. History shouldn't be forgotten. The trials and tribulations of those poor souls who fought in our Civil War.

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Thank Conrad C
Arlington, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must for Civil War buffs! From the 15 foot walls to the white headstone lined cemetery, a somber look at the Civil War and all POW experiences... the video at the beginning helped to set the stage for the rest of our visit. The rangers were well informed and gave lots of additional information. We enjoyed using the computer... More 

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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The National POW museum illustrates and tells the story of American POWs throughout American history. From walking in from the parking lot and approaching the building it feels like approaching guard towers and prison gates. Inside the displays are very professional and well done. The displays make the visitor contemplate the hardship and challenges of POWs through history. The national... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We went here because my wife has a family member that was a prisoner during the civil war, died there and was buried there. I have been to a lot of National Parks but this one is well thought out and make you experience the true meaning of being a prisoner of war. It has a great display of the... More 

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

My husband, 12 year old daughter and I spent a late afternoon here. There's a large parking lot in front of the visitor center and museum. The park Ranger here was so nice. We stamped our National Park Passport Book in the Gift shop, and then my daughter picked up her Jr. Ranger Booklet at the desk and we headed... More 

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Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

I checked out Andersonville National Historic Site last year. It was a cold and windy day, but we really enjoyed it. Inside there's plenty to read and check out in the museum. If you're like me, you'll want to take your time and take it all in. In the site's actual landmarks you can get a feel from where the... More 

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Montevideo, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

This museum is very tastefully done. It covers the prisoner of war camp held on this sight at the time of the civil war. It makes the war seem more realistic when you can walk over the grounds that the POW's actually lived in died. Their story is real. The museum also covers POW's from other wars. Very interesting and... More 

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