This is an awe-inspiring sight and is
the final resting place for almost 13,000 Union soldiers who were confined here during the
War Between the States. Visitors today can view restored sections of the stockade and
imagine what captivity here might have been like.
This National Historic Site also boasts The National
Prisoner of war Museum. In addition to Civil War exhibits, the museum contains information
on all wars in which Americans have been held captive. Visitors can view many artifacts
from the war and life at the prison. There is no charge for admission.
Andersonville National Historic Site is unique in the National Park Service
as the only park to serve as a memorial to all Americans ever held as prisoners of war.
The 475 acre park, consisting of the national cemetery and prison site, exemplifies the
grim life suffered by prisoners of war, North and South, during the Civil War. The
historic site was established in 1970.
- Highest in May and June; lowest in December and January.
- Southwestern Macon County near Andersonville, Georgia
- ANDERSONVILLE TRAIL:
The Andersonville Trail is a 75-mile sightseeing loop tour off
I-75. Quaint hometowns, Main Streets, historic homes, museums, two National Historic
Sites, antiques, shopping, camping, fishing and hunting.
- Watermelons, peaches, peanuts, pecans, and cotton line to
roads for a relaxing and scenic side trip.
- For brochure and events schedule, send us an e-mail with
your name and address.
- Andersonville National Historic Site
496 Cemetery Rd.
Andersonville, GA 31711
- OPERATING HOURS, SEASONS:
- Daily park grounds: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitor Center:
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years
- CLIMATE, RECOMMENDED CLOTHING:
- Summers are generally hot and humid. The winters are very
mild and rainy. Wear appropriate and comfortable seasonal clothing. Wear comfortable
- Visitors traveling south on I-75: Exit at Byron
Exit No. 149,
highway 49 South and travel approximately 40 miles on Georgia highway 49 South. Park
entrance will be on your left. Visitors traveling south-north on I-75: Exit at Perry Exit
No. 142, Georgia highway 224 West and travel to Montezuma, pick up highway 49 south.
Andersonville is ten miles south of Montezuma on highway 49, park entrance will be on your
- To Park: access by Interstate I-75 and various state
highways. The park is located in a rural area. Nearest airports are in Columbus (east),
Macon and Atlanta (north). In Park: personal vehicle, bicycle, and buses.
- FEES, COSTS, RATES:
- No admission fees. Donations accepted. Donation boxes
available at the prisoner of war museum. A driving tour cassette tape is available for a
$1.00 rental fee.
- FACILITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES:
- An orientation film is offered along with various
exhibits. The National Prisoner of War Museum houses POW artifacts and exhibits depicting
conflicts from the Civil War to the Persian Gulf War. Often, former American prisoners of
war, who volunteer with the park's volunteer program serve as hosts at the Prisoner of War
- Trails, Roads:
- Good roads run throughout the national cemetery and
historic stockade area. There is a hiking trail which is used primarily by visiting Boy
The visiting public can
rent a cassette taped driving tour for $1.00. On weekends there are guided cemetery walks
and prison site talks given by park rangers.
- A prison walk is provided for the general
public at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily.
- Lodging and camping facilities:
- None in park. Lodging facilities are available in nearby
Montezuma. Click here for more information.
- Local restaurants and grocery stores are available in
Montezuma and Oglethorpe. Click
here for more information.
- Other Concessions/NPS-Managed Visitor Facilities and
- A bookstore is located in the National Prisoner of War
Museum. It is managed by Eastern National Park.
- The National Prisoner of War Museum is wheelchair
accessible with a wheelchair available in the museum. Handicapped parking is available.
The historic prison site area would not be easily maneuvered by someone with physical
- Special Needs:
- Visitor parking is available at various points in the
site. Bus parking is available.
- RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES/PARK USE:
- Walking, driving or ranger-led scheduled tours through the
national cemetery and prison site. Research facilities are available to those studying the
history of American prisoners of war. Historic monuments are located throughout the site.
Picnic area is available. The site provides excellent subject matter for photographers.
- Reservations for school groups, other educational groups,
tour buses, and special interest groups should be made at least two weeks prior to their
visit. Applications for special use permits should be submitted at least one month prior
to the planned activity. Commercial filming applications are handled on an individual
basis by the park superintendent.
- BASIC VISIT RECOMMENDATIONS:
- Stay can be as short as a leisurely two hours or
lengthened, depending on your interest in the historic subject matter.
- SPECIAL EVENTS, PROGRAMS:
(second weekend) there is "Andersonville Revisited".
Activities include Confederate guards and Union prisoners as portrayed by living
historians. Various scenarios and drills depict the life of the guards and prisoners when
Andersonville was a prison camp. On the last Sunday in May, Memorial Day, there are
ceremonies honoring American veterans from all wars. Ceremony includes music, guest
speaker, and the Laying of Wreaths by civic and patriotic organizations. An American flag
is placed on each of the 18,000 graves in the national cemetery. The traditional Avenue of
Flags displays the burial flags of American veterans.
ANDERSONVILLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE MAP
Click here for an
Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format map of the Andersonville National Historic Site.
- ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
- Write Park Headquarters, 496 Cemetery Rd.,
31711, or call (229) 924-0343.