Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville

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Occupying the grounds of the notorious Camp Sumter, a primary Confederate prison camp during the Civil War, Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum memorializes the horrific conditions of the soldiers held here. Perhaps one of the most inhumane prisons of the Civil War, the complex saw 13,000 of the 45,000 prisoners who passed through its gates die of disease, malnutrition, or dehydration. You can visit the site--home to monuments, a cemetery, and an outline of the prison grounds themselves--via a self-guided driving tour of the area. Be sure to stop by the museum to see exhibits and displays paying tribute to and detailing the lives, experiences, and survival of U.S. prisoners of war throughout history. You can plan Andersonville trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • I always wanted to visit this site after reading McKinnley Cantor's book. Once here I could visualize what I had read. That made the site more impressive to me. My wife who isn't a large history fan.....  more
    I always wanted to visit this site after reading McKinnley Cantor's book. Once here I could visualize what I had read. That made the site more impressive to me. My wife who isn't a large history fan.....  more »
  • Way back I remember my Dad talking about "Andersonville Prison" but he was never able to visit the site. I'm glad I made the trip for him. It's hard to imagine that many men crammed into that... 
    Way back I remember my Dad talking about "Andersonville Prison" but he was never able to visit the site. I'm glad I made the trip for him. It's hard to imagine that many men crammed into that...  more »
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  • We suggest starting at the visitor center and getting your park stamps and oriented to park before you drive or walk around the sites. The exhibit includes a short movie that discusses the POW experience well beyond Andersonville and up to the current day. It was very well done From there check with Park Ranger and get your maps and apps ready to go. Go out the back door and look at the overview site before heading to the car. The site is designed to drive around with parking spots that allow you to explore. It also has a recorded feature allowing you to learn about the site as you drive around. We started off with the prison camp and concluded in the cemetery. Park closes at five, so make sure you leave enough time. The visitor center takes at least 30 minutes and each narrated drive but that does not include stopping at points of interest and exploring. I've seen the pictures in the past, but it really helps to see it in person and see the size and the scope and the same little riverbed flowing through 157 years later. The park is well cared for and people were respectful.
  • Went to the POW museum first and it's excellent. There is so much to read through and learn so plan to spend an hour if you take it all in. Then I went outside to the prison site and it's incredible thinking about what happened there. 30+ thousand men crammed into such a small space. Went to the cemetery last which I think was best for after because you have a better appreciation for why it's there in the first place. Finally went to Andersonville which is a quaint village with a general store and a pioneer town behind which was empty when I went because it was technically closed but looks like a lot of stuff goes on when it's open.

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