Andersonville Journals

Andersonville the Prison and More

A travel journal to Andersonville by willow

Andersonville Historic Fair Photo, Andersonville, Georgia More Photos
Quote: The now tiny town of Andersonville once served as a supply center to thr Confederate Army during the War of Northern Aggression. It also gained infamy as an undersupplied and overcrowded military prison, during that same war. Andersonville the village survives through the determined efforts of a handful of small business owners and a proud heritage.

Andersonville the Prison and More

Overview

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If you enjoy history and handmade goods, you will love Andersonville and find yourself marking your calendar in anticipation of their semi-annual festivals. We love the discovery of Southern history and tradition that live on in this small community.

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Once you get to Andersonville, most of the area can be accessed by foot. To my knowledge, there are no overnight lodgings other than a very small (approx. 12 sites) campground.
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This park is located on 8,700 acre Lake Blackshear. The park is favored for its golf course, the military museum which salutes Georgia Veterans, and for recreational boating on the lake.
Tent and RV sites cost about $12, cottages are available. The camp offers discounts to veterans.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2000

Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park
2459 Highway 280 West
Cordele, Georgia 31015
(912) 276-2371

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This family Mennonite restaurant is located a half-hour drive from Andersonville. The restaurant and bakery is right on the farm. The food beacons guests from throughout Georgia. These people love to cook and love to see folks eat. The food is served smorgasbord style. Baked hams, fried chicken, meat pies, fresh corn, fried okra, the list goes on and on. The desserts are a legend in their own right: fresh fruit cobblers, carrot cake, banana pudding and more. If you plan to take home delicacies from the bakery, arrive early and purchase before you dine, the bakery always sells out early. I have bought 5-layer homemade chocolate or red velvet cakes for $10, brownies and cookies for $2...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2000

Yoder Deitsch Haus Restaurant
Montezuma, Ga
Andersonville, Georgia

Andersonville Prison (Camp Sumter) National Historic Site

Attraction | "Civil War Prison Camp and Museum"

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This site of the infamous former Confederate prison camp is now a National Historic Site and has been dedicated to all American Prisoners of War. Andersonville Prison has been depicted by novelists and the cinema as the most brutal and cruel of all Civil War prisons. True historians realize that neither the death toll at Andersonville nor the harsh environment endured by the prisoners was any worse than at Elmira or other prisons. Still it is heartrending to see the photographs and read the testimonials of those unfortunates who were incarcerated there. The museum and cemetery serve as a brutal reminder of the cost of war in any day and age.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2000

Andersonville Prison (Camp Sumter) National Historic Site
496 Cemetery Road
Andersonville, Georgia

Andersonville Historic Fair Photo, Andersonville, Georgia
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The fair takes place on Memorial Day Weekend and again the first weekend in October each year. Hundreds of costumed militia-men and their families recreate a Civil War encampment and re-enact skirmishes and battles.
In the adjacent areas, an arts & crafts and antiques festival offers an amazing array of everything from hand-woven baskets to babydolls, southern gospel to bluegrass, knives to knick-knacks, and balladeers to beauty pageants. The aromas of funnel cake, kettlecorn and bar-b-que tantalize the most fervid of dieters.
The festivals last Friday through Sunday when all the out-of-town revelers and riflemen pack up and pull out, already making plans for next fair.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2000

Andersonville Historic Fair
Andersonville
Andersonville, Georgia

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This life-size diorama features 15 mannequins wearing original Confederate and Yankee uniforms complete with swords, muskets and acoutrements. A good array of battleflags, diaries and documents are also on display.
Open only at select dates and times. Admission is $1.50.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2000

Drummer Boy Civil War Museum
109 Church Street
Andersonville, Georgia

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Nicholls, Georgia

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