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    Andersonville

    National Historic Site Georgia

Things To Know Before You Come

Civil War gravestones and American Flags
Civil War prisoner graves decorated for Memorial Day.
NPS/Alan Marsh
 
Here are some things you might want to know about Andersonville National Historic Site before you visit the park and surrounding area.
  • The National Cemetery remains active, and it is possible that a funeral may occur during your visit. Be aware of cemetery regulations and respectful at all times.
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  • No lodging or camping is available in the park. The communities surrounding the park offer these services and more.
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  • Southwest Georgia is a subtropical environment with high humidity and high temperatures. Be aware of the weather conditions during your visit and always mindful of the heat.
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  • In order to conserve the artifacts on display, some exhibit areas in the museum have reduced or dim lighting.
  • Our main exhibit gallery uses an experiential approach to explore the prisoners of war story - exhibits and artifacts are not displayed in chronological order.
  • Pets are welcome to visit Andersonville with some restrictions.
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    Our Frequently Asked Questions page has lots of additional information that visitors often want to know.

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.