Just as it did in the 1860s, the elements can play an active role in how you experience Andersonville National Historic Site. There are many risks that you should be aware of when visiting.
It is not unusual for temperatures to reach triple digits during the summer months. It is important to keep yourself and others safe while visiting during the peak temperatures. You should increase your intake of non-alcoholic, non-carbonated, caffeine free beverages such as water and juice. Wear clothing that is light in color and loose fitting and avoid the extreme temperatures if possible. Heat related illnesses can be serious and sometimes fatal. This includes: sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Please take all necessary precautions to avoid heat illnesses.
The weather in south Georgia can be unpredictable at times. Severe thunderstorms are possible with high temperatures in the afternoons. Check the weather forecast before you visit and be prepared. Keep a watch on the skies and be ready to move away from the open prison site where lightning often strikes. Snow is rare but can occur in the winter months when the temperatures dip down.
At any time during your visit you may see wildlife. Please be cautious and avoid getting injured by the many types of wildlife. This includes, but is not limited to: spiders, ticks, bees, fire ants, snakes (venomous & non-venomous) deer, armadillo, fox, opossum, and many others. Wildlife is protected under law in all national parks. It is illegal to bother, touch, or try to kill them. If you do encounter wildlife, please stay at a safe distance and do not disturb them.
Did You Know?
The deadline at the Andersonville prison consisted of a rail about four feet off the ground that was situated nineteen feet from the stockade wall. Any prisoner who crossed this line with any part of his body was likely to be shot without warning by a guard in a guard tower.