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Magnolia Springs State Park

1053 Magnolias Springs Road, Millen, GA 30442, USA

Three sites, including Magnolia Springs State Park, were chosen by the Confederacy to relieve the overflow from notorious Andersonville prison. During the Civil War, this site was named Camp Lawton. The site was chosen because of its natural springs, plentiful timber that could be used to construct the stockade, and nearness to the railroad, facilitating easier prisoner transport. Camp Lawton was almost twice the size of Andersonville, and was designed to hold 40, 000 prisoners, four times the capacity of Andersonville. Sherman's March to the Sea forced its evacuation after only six weeks. In that short time span, more than 500 prisoners died at Camp Lawton. The earthwork fort that guarded the prison stands overlooking the present day park grounds. The earthworks that remain are some of the best remaining examples of Civil War era earthworks.

 

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Directions

From I-16 at Metter, GA exit; take Hwy. 121 to Millen; take a left on US 25. The park is 5 miles north of Millen on US 25. From I-20: exit onto Bobby Jones Expressway (I-520) ; go approximately 7 miles to US 25 exit; park is 47 miles from I-520

Visitor Services

Overnight lodging, camping, public restrooms, information, food, gift shop, playgrounds, fishing, swimming pool, hiking/bicycling

Regular Events

First Saturday in December: Heritage Festival with Living History Encampment, Sherman's March to the Sea Program, food and craft vendors

Available Interpretation

Camp Lawton museum and self-guided walking trail

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

Parking: $5.00/vehicle, $70.00/bus. Camp Lawton Admission: Free with Park Pass purchase

Hours

Park: Daily 7:00AM - 10:00PM, Office Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Phone

478-982-1660

Website

http://www.gastateparks.org/info/magspr »

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