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Andersonville National Historic Site

Andersonville National Historic Site, 760 Pow Road, Andersonville, GA 31711, USA

Andersonville, or Camp Sumter as it was officially known, was one of the largest Confederate military prisons that existed during the Civil War. The prison site was erected in 1864 to relieve the overcrowding of prison sites that resulted from the breakdown of the prisoner exchange system. Camp Sumter was built to hold 10,000 prisoners but held over 45,000 during the 14 months that it was in operation. Of these, 13,000 prisoners died and were buried in mass graves on land adjacent to the prison site. The cemetery was established as a national cemetery on August 17, 1865. Not only is Andersonville National Cemetery the final resting place for those soldiers that died at Camp Sumter but also for veterans from all conflicts of war. Currently, there are approximately 19,000 graves. Freedom does not come free. No one knows this better than the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the military. For those whose freedom was taken away, the National Prisoner of War Museum was established in 1998. Andersonville National Historic Site is the only park in the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war throughout the nation's history.


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The park is located on GA Highway 49, ten miles north of Americus, GA. From the north, via I-75: Follow I-75 south to Exit 135 (Perry). Head southwest on GA-224 from the interstate to Montezuma, approximately 20 miles. Just outside Montezuma, turn right on GA-26 and follow to the intersection of GA-49. Turn left on GA-49 and head south approximately 6 miles to Andersonville. The park entrance will be on the left. From the south, via I-75: Follow I-75 north to Exit 101 (Cordele). Head west on US-280 from Cordele to Americus, approximately 30 miles. In Americus, turn right onto GA-49 and head north approximately 10 miles to Andersonville. The park entrance will be on the right, after passing the park exit and cemetery entrance.

Visitor Services

Handicapped accessible, museum videos captioned for hearing impaired, restrooms, bookstore.

Regular Events

January: Night Museum, March: Living History Weekend, April: Park Day, National Former POW Recognition Day, "Prison to Peanuts: Park to Park Bicycle Adventure," May: EchoTaps, Memorial Day, September: POW/MIA Recognition Day, November: Night Museum, December: Wreaths Across America.

Available Interpretation

Museum, wayside exhibits, interpretive programs by park staff, park brochure with map

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee



Park and Cemetery Grounds: Daily 8:00 - 5:00. Museum: Daily 9:00-4:30. Museum closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Days.



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