• North HillSide Photomerge

    Andersonville

    National Historic Site Georgia

Firearms in the Park

As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point about state and local firearms laws please go to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms website and select the state that you are interested in from the list on the right side of the page. For the state of Georgia's reciprocity laws and regulations concerning firearms, visit the Georgia Department of Public Safety website and click on the link to firearms reciprocity on the left side of the page.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park, including the National Prisoner of War Museum. Those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

Did You Know?

A corn plant growing next to a prisoner shelter

A small number of Andersonville prisoners were able to grow crops such as beans and corn. Prisoner diaries and sketches mention this fact and a photograph taken in the summer of 1864 shows corn stalks growing near a shelter. Such an undertaking would require constant guard and demonstrates that prisoners knew they might be captives at Andersonville for quite some time.