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Join a park ranger on a guided walk following in the footsteps of the 45,000 United States soldiers who entered into Andersonville prison from 1864-1865. Participants will be transported by trolley from the National Prisoner of War Museum to the train depot in the town of Andersonville, GA. From there they will walk the mile stretch from the humble town to the reconstructed North Gate of the infamous prison site, learning about the sights and sounds that greeted prisoners upon arrival.
This tour will include an expanded look at the massive military complex that constituted the prison, while visitors explore the history through the eyes of the men held captive here.
The tour begins at the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site and lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes. The tour starts promptly at 10:00 am.
Although this is a free tour, it is ticketed. Please obtain tickets before you arrive to guarantee you a seat on the trolley. Please arrive and check-in between 9:00 -9:45 am at the front desk of the National Prisoner of War Museum. At 9:45 am, all tickets not claimed will be released to walk-up visitors. Every participant (including children) must have a ticket; you may not participate without a ticket.
Please use the restroom and have all necessary items in hand by 9:45 am.
This is a walking tour that will cover approximately one mile of distance over uneven paved and grassy surfaces. Participants will be outdoors for the duration of the tour and should be dressed for walking and the weather. The trolley transport is not equipped for wheelchairs, walkers or strollers. All pets are prohibited, except for service animals.
When & Where
Andersonville National Historic Site
Andersonville National Historic Site pays tribute to all American prisoners of war. The park has three features: the National Prisoner of War Museum, the site of the Andersonville prison, and the Andersonville National Cemetery.
The National Prisoner of War Museum commemorates the sacrifices of all American prisoners of war. Museum exhibits tell the story of prisoners of war using artifacts, visuals, text and oral history interviews with former prisoners of war. Two 30-minute introductory films alternate throughout the day. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. A tour road encircles the Andersonville prison site; a self-guided driving tour is available. The Andersonville National Cemetery contains the graves of nearly 13,000 Union prisoners of war. The national cemetery is still active and contains over 20,000 interments.