National Prisoner of War Museum to be closed December 20th
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343
The National Prisoner of War Museum located at Andersonville National Historic Site will be closed the morning of Monday, December 20, 2010 to allow for maintenance work. The length of the closure is anticipated to be approximately four hours. Park Superintendent Brad Bennett remarked, "We apologize for the inconvenience of the closure to our visitors, and expect to open the museum for the remainder of the day at 1:00 p.m." The park grounds, including the prison site and the National Cemetery will not be affected and will be open regular hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located ten miles south of Montezuma, Georgia, and ten miles north of Americus, Georgia on Highway 49. Park grounds, including Andersonville National Cemetery, open at 8:00 a.m. and the National Prisoner of War Museum opens at 8:30 a.m. The park, cemetery, and museum close at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 229 924-0343 or visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/
Did You Know?
Around 30,000 Americans were kept as prisoners of war in and around New York City during the Revolutionary War. Most of these prisoners were held in warehouses, churches, and on ships in nearby harbors. An estimated 18,000 (60%) died as prisoners from 1775 to 1783. Of those, over 10,000 are thought to have perished on prison ships, most notably the Whitby and the Jersey.