2011 Christmas Holiday Hours at Andersonville National Historic Site
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, ext. 201
Holiday Hours at Andersonville National Historic Site
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia - During the upcoming winter holiday season, the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2011; and New Years Day, January 1, 2012.The park entrance, prison site, and picnic area will also be closed on these two days.
The Andersonville National Cemetery will be open to the public each of these holidays, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Holiday access to the National Cemetery will be through the Cemetery gate, located just north of the city of Andersonville on Highway 49. "The National Cemetery remains open on holidays to allow families to visit their loved ones," remarked park superintendent Brad Bennett. Grave decoration regulations allow for Christmas wreaths and floral blankets no larger than 2 by 3 feet from December 1 to January 20. After this time seasonal decorations will be removed and discarded.
Beginning with the New Year, on Monday, January 2, 2012, the National Prisoner of War Museum will adopt new operating hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The site features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System and serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the museum opening at 9:00 a.m. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS
Did You Know?
On April 9, 1942 on the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines, 10,000 American soldiers became prisoners of the Japanese. Exactly 56 years later the National Prisoner of War Museum was dedicated. Many former POWs and their families attended, including survivors of the Bataan Death March.