Andersonville, or Camp Sumter as it was officially known, was one of the largest of many Confederate military prisons established during the Civil War. It was built early in 1864 after Confederate officials decided to move the large number of Federal prisoners kept in and around Richmond, Virginia, to a place of greater security and a more abundant food supply. Today, Andersonville National Historic Site is the only park in the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war throughout the nation's history. The 495-acre park consists of the historic prison site and the National Cemetery. In 1998 the National Prisoner of War Museum opened at Andersonville, dedicated to the men and women of this country who have suffered captivity.
Other History nearby:
(Andersonville) Andersonville Civil War Village
(Andersonville) Andersonville National Historic Site
(Fitzgerald) Blue and Gray Museum
(Fort Mitchell) Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center
(Columbus) Columbus Museum
(Columbus) Fort Benning
07/17 Coming to The Andersonville area
Azalea Festival Valdosta GA March9-10 Free admission to a festival drawing 20,000 people from all over the Southeast and beyond.
Ozark Crawdad and Music Festival Ozark AL April20 This family & pet friendly festival is FREE to the public and
features Great Live Music, Wonderful Foods,
Arts & Craft Vendors, Children's Activity Area,
Sonic's Popular Hotdog Eating Contest,
the Crawdad 5k Run, Walk, or Crawl and much more!
Vidalia Onion Festival Vidalia GA April18-21 Cooking School, Miss and Little Miss Vidalia Onion Pageants, Onion Maze, Onion Cook-off, Tasting Competition, The Onion Run, parades, carnival, rodeo, street dance, onion shootgun shoot, as well as a Dutch oven cooking demonstration.
Rose Show and Festival Thomasville GA February25 Held in beautiful downtown Thomasville, the Rose Festival has been a Southwest Georgia tradition since the 1920's! Enjoy roses, roses, and more roses, plus two parades, live music and street dance, arts and crafts, fantastic food and so much more!
Georgia Strawberry Festival Art and Craft Show Reynolds GA April27 The Georgia Strawberry Festival Arts and Crafts Show invite you to Reynolds, Georgia for a funfilled day of arts and crafts, food, fun and entertainment as we celebrate strawberry season.
Madison Fest Madison GA April37 Madison Fest features solutions for living a considered and ""greener"" life. This daylong festival takes place on the last Saturday of April each year.