Seasonal Decorations at Andersonville National Cemetery
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, ext. 201
Contact: Kim Robins, 229 924-0343, ext. 112
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia - As the reappearance of leaves on the trees outside denotes the arrival of warmer weather, the National Park Service would like to remind the public of the following seasonal changes to the floral decoration policy in Andersonville National Cemetery.
"The upcoming Easter and Memorial Day holidays allow opportunities to decorate the graves of military veterans who are honored in the National Cemetery," remarked superintendent Brad Bennett, "we hope that families take advantage of this time to remember the men and women who have sacrificed so much in defense of our liberties."
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
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Did You Know?
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.