Holiday Hours at the Andersonville National Historic Site
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, ext. 201
Contact: Stephanie Steinhorst, 229 924-0343, ext. 203
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia –During the upcoming winter holiday season, the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013; Christmas Day, December 25, 2013; and New Years Day, January 1, 2014.The park entrance, prison site, and picnic area will also be closed on these three 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.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park 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 the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The National Prisoner of War Museum is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, or visit at www.nps.gov/ande/ Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/andeNHS
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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.