Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Easter.
Welcome to the Official Andersonville, Georgia page. Come and visit. Discover our history, Our Museums, and Step Back in Time.
The little hamlet of Anderson was named for Mr. John Anderson who was a Director in the South Western Railroad at the time it was extended from Oglethorpe to Americus in 1853. It was known as Anderson Station until the post office was established in November 1855 and the government changed the name of the station from “Anderson” to “Andersonville” in order to avoid confusion with the post office in Anderson, South Carolina. During the Civil War, the Confederate army established Camp Sumter to house incoming Union prisoners of war. The town served as a supply depot during the period,and it included a post office, a depot, a blacksmith shop and stable, a couple of general stores, two saloons, a school, a Methodist church, and about a dozen houses. (Ben Dykes, who owned the land on which the prison was built, was both depot agent and postmaster.) Until the establishment of the prison, the area was entirely dependent on agriculture, and, after the close of the prison, the town continued to be economically dependent on agriculture. The town changed very little over the years, until 1968 when the large scale mining of kaolin, bauxitic kaolin, and bauxite was begun by Mulcoa, Mullite Company of America, which turned 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) of scrub oak wilderness into a massive mining and refining operation. The company now ships more than 2000 tons of refined ore from Andersonville each week. In 1974, long-time mayor Lewis Easterlin and a group of concerned citizens decided to promote tourism in the town by turning the clock back and making Andersonville look much as it did during the American Civil War. Now today Andersonville welcomes tourists from all over the world who come for the history, museums, and to step back in time.
Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Easter.
The 2020 Census is happening now. Completing your form online is an essential way to stay connected to your community during this time of isolation. www.2020census.gov
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, and volunteers are very important to us. The Andersonville Welcome Center and the Drummer Boy Civil War Museum is making a concerted effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19. To follow the recommendations by health organizations and our leaders, we have decided to close the Andersonville Welcome Center and the Drummer Boy Civil War Museum for the next two weeks starting March 20th. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, Pioneer Farm grounds, and Easterlin Bandstand restrooms will remain open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Our staff will report to work, unless they are ill, to help answer the phones, handle email, Internet inquiries or the Andersonville RV Park.
Please note that at this time there are two eateries still open in the town of Andersonville. Mama’s Kitchen is open from 8 a.m. till 3 p.m. and Easterlin Country Store is open 10 a.m. till 3 p.m.
We thank you for your patience during this time of crisis.
Andersonville National Historic Site
As of March 18, 2020, the National Prisoner of War Museum will be closed until further notice. All public programs and events are cancelled until further notice. The park grounds and restrooms, including in Andersonville National Cemetery, will remain open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.
You can access online audio tours of the historic prison site and cemetery, as well as videos about the park, its history, and American prisoners of war, at https://www.nps.gov/ande/learn/photosmultimedia/multimedia.htm.
Watch videos about the park and its history on our website at https://www.nps.gov/ande/learn/photosmultimedia/story-in-stone.htm or YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2IJCqxeKsKMlxDH5dfYMhA.
The NPS urges visitors to help "slow the spread" of coronavirus by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.
For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.
Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please check with individual parks for specific details about their park's operations.
FYI!! STOP GEORGIA HOUSE BILL 545
To the Editor,
I live on, and farm, the land my grandfather bought in 1905. About 1957, the Mormon Church, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, bought thousands of acres in southeastern Sumter County, about three miles from my home. They established Deseret Farms on this land and operated it as a 40,000 head cattle feeding enterprise. A feed mill was installed and over a mile of railroad tracks were laid to ship cattle in and out and to ship corn in from the Midwest. Hundreds of yards of feed troughs were put in place. Thousands of steers were brought in to be fattened for sale. Over the next few years, the smell and the flies became a problem. It was a terrible nuisance until the operation closed and the land sold about 1981.
Since then the public has been protected from this type of nuisance by the Right to Farm Law. Now H.B. 545 is before the Georgia State Senate. This bill would greatly reduce the protection provided by existing law. Unfortunately, the Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, both of which I am a member, are supporting H.B. 545. They are ignoring the wishes of thousands of family farmers and landowners. Nobody wants a huge cattle feeding operation or a corporate hog producing enterprise in their backyard without the protection provided by existing law.
If you share this concern, contact your state senator and urge him or her to oppose H.B. 545.
Robert A. Clay
3029 New York Road
DeSoto, GA 31743
CALL YOUR SENATORS!!!!!
Senator John Albers
Senator Marty Harbin
Senator Burt Jones
Senator P.K. Martin
Senator Brian Strickland
Senator Carden Summers
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FYI!! Call Your Georgia Senators and Tell Them to Say NO on HB 545
Georgia Farmer: Make No Mistake, House Bill 545 Is Just Like Taking Our Guns
I am a Georgia farmer, the wife of a Georgia farmer, the mother of Georgia farmers, the daughter, granddaughter, and great granddaughter of Georgia farmers as well as the grandmother of future Georgia farmers. I farm land that my family obtained from service in two wars, and my sons farm land that has been in their father’s family since the early 1800s.
I am not a radical environmentalist or an ambulance chasing trial lawyer. I am a constitutional conservative who believes in individual rights, like the right to bear arms and the right to protect one’s property. This is why I strongly oppose House Bill 545 and support the existing Right to Farm Law that has worked well for more than 30 years.
HB 545 violates the Georgia Bill of Rights which states that “protection to person and property is the paramount duty of government and shall be impartial and complete.” HB 545 favors new large industrial livestock operations over current row crop and orchard farmers and other rural landowners.
HB 545 favors these operations by taking away the right of farmers and rural landowners to take action to stop damage to their farms and quality of life caused by these new operations when corporations push them to expand over several years from a few hundred to tens of thousands of animals, a size which often makes life miserable for those that were there first (Line 109).
All farmers should ask themselves why these new operations can’t play by the same set of rules that we have for more than 30 years under the current Right to Farm Law? The answer is that they often can’t without causing serious damage so they are trying to change the current Right to Farm Law, which is more equitable than HB 545.
The corporate lobbyists pushing HB 545 are quick to say that the bill does not apply to operations that break laws or rules set by the EPA and USDA. They fail to mention that the current Right to Farm Law already has this protection. They also fail to mention is that the EPA and USDA do a bad job enforcing the laws and rules against these operations.
I am a strong supporter of our right to “keep and bear arms” so we can defend ourselves when someone seeks to harm us and the government can’t or won’t protect us. Like the right to keep and bear arms, we need the right to defend our farms and quality of life by filing a case to stop a nuisance when one of these new operations starts doing us harm and the EPA and USDA can’t or won’t protect us.
HB 545 will take away this right and is just like taking away our guns. Most people that exercise this right do so as a last resort to protect their properties and quality of life, not for a big payday, just like most people that exercise their right to bear arms to protect themselves do so as last resort. HB 545 also takes away the provisions of the current Right to Farm Law that protect farmers from urban sprawl (Lines 70-82).
HB 545 is part of a national effort by Farm Bureau Insurance Companies to trick and dupe farmers and legislators into changing existing Right to Farm Laws to help insulate insurance companies from the damage caused by large concentrated animal feeding operations. Farmers in Utah and Wisconsin have already wised up and defeated these bills, but HB 545 is still alive in Georgia.
It saddens me to think of how people will view farmers like me when these operations hurt many of their neighbors (like the Chinese-owned hog operations in North Carolina) and they realize that their property rights have been taken from them. Farmers will be viewed as the enemy, while large insurance companies and large industrial livestock corporations will have the immunity that they desire.
I am fighting HB 545 to ensure that my grandchildren can continue to farm, hunt, and fish on my family’s farm that has been in our family since the early 1800's. I want my grandchildren to have the right to protect the farm from new operations and large industrial livestock operations if and when they seriously damage and devalue the farm.
Don’t let insurance companies and corporate lobbyists take away your rights to protect yourselves and your farms and properties! Please read HB 545 and the current Right to Farm Law, and then call and email your state senators and representatives and ask them to vote no on HB 545 and protect the current Right to Farm Law. Please heed this call to arms!
Marjie McRee, Smithville, Georgia
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City of Andersonville
You can also mail a check or money order along with your form to P.O. Box 35 Andersonville, Ga 31711. Make all checks or money orders out to The City of Andersonville. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 229-924-2068 or the Andersonville Guild at 229-924-2558
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Senators’ paramount duty is to protect citizens
By Jenny Crisp Lee County, Ga. Feb 22, 2020
For decades, I have been a Georgia farmer, both as a cattle farmer and as a tree farmer in middle and southwest Georgia. For generations, my family has served the good farmers and rural landowners of middle and southwest Georgia. In fact, Crisp County is named after my great-great-grandfather, Charles F. Crisp, a Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and my great-grandfather was a local judge and farmer; and my grandfather was solicitor general. As a Crisp and a farmer, I feel compelled to follow in my ancestors’ footsteps and speak out against House Bill 545, a bill which the State Senate will vote on very soon and which, despite being pushed by Georgia Farm Bureau, is actually bad for my fellow farmers and rural landowners.
HB 545 will weaken the current Right to Farm Law, which does a fine job protecting farmers, while also taking away property rights that Georgia farmers and rural landowners have had since before the time of my great-great-grandfather. For more than 150 years, existing farmers and rural landowners have had the right to bring a case to stop a nuisance created by a big agricultural operation that moves next door and seriously damages their properties or quality of life within 4 years of the damage. HB 545 throws out this ancient property right by taking away the right to stop the nuisance if it does not start within 2 years of the operation moving in, no matter how much damage the operation eventually causes. For example, when a big hog or cattle waste lagoon operation moves in and after a few years starts giving off noxious odors, swarms of flies, and polluted water, the existing farmers and rural will lose their best and ancient right to stop the nuisance.
In pushing this bill, Georgia Farm Bureau is siding with big agricultural corporations like big hog and cattle waste lagoon operators, while forgetting about the local farmers and rural landowners that built Farm Bureau. HB 545 gives these big corporations the “Right to Harm” small or existing farmers and rural landowners throughout Georgia. The Constitution of the State of Georgia states that it is the “paramount duty” of the legislature to impartially protect all citizens and property owners. HB 545 would be a dereliction of this duty because it favors the rights of big agricultural corporations at the expense of small or existing farmers and rural landowners.
Lee County, Ga.
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Come check out the 1st Annual Motor Show here in Andersonville.
Due to a bus tour, the Andersonville Welcome Center and the Drummer Boy Civil War Museum will open at 10:30 am today.
The Andersonville Welcome Center and Drummer Boy Civil War Museum will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Wishing all a safe and happy holiday.
Happy Friday Everyone! Two great things happening this weekend! At the Andersonville National Cemetery, there is Wreaths Across America. Wreaths Across America ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. After a short public ceremony to honor our veterans, visitors will be invited to help place wreaths on veteran gravesites. Check out their page for more information on volunteering. Then in Andersonville, there is Pictures with Santa! sponsored by Sweet Magnolia Photography and Sweet Street. Check out Pictures with Santa!! event page for more information.
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Happy Tuesday to everyone! The Andersonville Welcome Center and Drummer Boy Civil War Museum will be closed Nov. 27th and 28th.
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***We are partnering with Sweet Street in Andersonville, GA for this beautiful basket. Y’all it is full of brittles, chocolate covered pecans, cookies, boxes of cheese straws and two large pies for your Thanksgiving table. Winner will be chosen on Monday. Pickup will be at Sweet Street. Good Luck!! 🦃🍁
Buses, buses and buses! Spending a wonderful Friday sharing our history with over 300 students from Alpharetta. #historyrocks
There are so many things happening in Andersonville this weekend.
Remember the Wirz Memorial Service is Sunday, November 10th at 3 p.m.
CAPT. HENRY WIRZ MEMORIAL SERVICE
The 44th annual Capt. Henry Wirz Memorial Service will be held in the town of Andersonville, GA on Sunday afternoon, November 10, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. In case of very cold weather or rain,, the Service will be held up the street from the Wirz Monument in the Village Hall. The public is invited to attend. The annual Memorial Service is sponsored by the Alexander H. Stephens Camp 78, Sons of Confederate Veterans in Americus. Capt. Henry Wirz was the Commandant of Andersonville Prison Camp in 1864-1865.
The guest speaker for the Memorial Service is Dr. Albert Winkler, History Librarian at Brigham Young University in Utah. Dr. Winkler has done considerable research on Capt. Wirz and his Trial, and considers the Trial a “National Disgrace.”
Capt. Wirz was tried before a Military Court in Washington, D.C. in 1865. Perjured prosecution witnesses were permitted to testify, and a number of defense witnesses were not allowed to testify. He was found guilty of murdering 13 Yankee prisoners at Andersonville, although no name and not a single body of any of the 13 alleged victims was ever produced. He was hung on November 10, 1865. Afterward, the Yankees cut off his head, arms, and legs, and exhibited the bones about the country. Some of his bones are still on public exhibit in a Museum in Maryland. It took his attorney four years to collect a few of his bones to bury in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
The Great Grand Nephew of Capt. Wirz, Col. Heinrich Wirz and his son, Col. Thomas Wirz (both from Bern, Switzerland) are planning on attending the Memorial Service. Robert Watkins from Louisiana, who is a great great grandson of Capt. Wirz, and William Freeman, whose great uncle initiated the annual Memorial Service in 1976, are planning to attend.
The Americus SCV Camp 78 Muckalee Guards will provide Honor Guard for the memorial service. Mrs. Dennis Crenshaw will provide music during the Service.
Camp 78 will have the 65 page booklet “Andersonville Prison and Capt. Wirz Trial” for sale at the Service for $ 5.00. Everyone is encouraged to purchase a copy for themselves or to give as a gift, and get the booklet autographed by those people connected to Capt. Henry Wirz.
For more information, contact James Gaston at [email protected] or text or call at 229-938-9115.
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