Andersonville National Historic Site holds a Living History Weekend each year in March. During this event, living historians and park staff share stories of United States prisoners, Confederate guards, and civilians at Andersonville prison during the last months of the Civil War.
Living historians are volunteers who use historical clothing, accessories, and living conditions to give impressions of the past. While modern citizens can never truly capture the brutal intensity of a Civil War prison, these individuals attempt to convey the sense of desperation, isolation, hopes, and fears that define captivity.
Each living history weekend strives to present different aspects of the prison experience. Weekends can also feature guest speakers and on-site programs about the use of artillery at a prison, the role of Catholic priests or Masons in aiding the prisoners, and the complex views held by Southern civilian women on the condition of Yankee prisoners. Living historians offer a valuable opportunity for families to discuss the causes and effects of the Civil War. This event also reminds us that not all soldiers perished in battle and that each soldier possessed the power to end or save lives. Prison life offers many chances to consider the burden of following orders and the opportunities for mercy or murder during war.
Living History Weekend 2020
Living History Weekend will occur on March 7th and 8th, 2020 at Andersonville National Historic Site. Living historians will be present in the site from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7th, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8th. You can stop and speak with prisoners, guards, and civilians. Visit the Civil War medical tent or talk to a local clergyman who ministered to the prisoners. Each represents a different perspective of the prison site and its inhabitants, and not everyone agreed. Talk to them and decide who you think is right.
Please be respectful of the history of this site and the soldiers who died here. Do not walk, sit, or climb on monuments, headstones, or earthworks.
Children can visit the Junior Ranger Station tent to get a copy of our activity book and earn their own badge!
2020 Schedule of Activities
Saturday, March 7th, 2020
Sunday, March 8th, 2020
Entry into the park and all programs are free. Please note that all programs and locations are subject to change. Call the park at 229-924-0343 for more information.
Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the National Prisoner of War Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Last updated: March 1, 2020