Andersonville Civil War Village

Andersonville Civil War Village Welcome to the Official Andersonville, Georgia page. Come and visit. Discover our history, Our Museums, and Step Back in Time.
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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.

The Andersonville Welcome Center and Drummer Boy Civil War Museum will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Wishi...
12/24/2019

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 Wreat...
12/13/2019

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.

Check Us Out on Small Business Saturdays!
11/26/2019

Check Us Out on Small Business Saturdays!

11/26/2019

Happy Tuesday to everyone! The Andersonville Welcome Center and Drummer Boy Civil War Museum will be closed Nov. 27th and 28th.

Check out this Gift Basket Giveaway!
11/25/2019

Check out this Gift Basket Giveaway!

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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.   #hist...
11/22/2019

Buses, buses and buses! Spending a wonderful Friday sharing our history with over 300 students from Alpharetta. #historyrocks

11/10/2019
There are so many things happening in Andersonville this weekend.Remember the Wirz Memorial Service is Sunday, November ...
11/04/2019

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.

We want everyone to remember Christmas in November at The Barn on November 9th at 6 p.m.
11/04/2019

We want everyone to remember Christmas in November at The Barn on November 9th at 6 p.m.

Christmas in November on November 9th at 6 P.M. at The Barn in Andersonville, Georgia! Come out to hear The Old Paths and also The Lefevre Quartet and Celebrate the holidays early with this special musical treat!

Remember November 10th is Capt. Henry Wirz Memorial Service.
11/01/2019

Remember November 10th is Capt. Henry Wirz Memorial Service.

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.

Christmas in November on November 9th at 6 P.M. at The Barn in Andersonville, Georgia!  Come out to hear The Old Paths a...
11/01/2019

Christmas in November on November 9th at 6 P.M. at The Barn in Andersonville, Georgia! Come out to hear The Old Paths and also The Lefevre Quartet and Celebrate the holidays early with this special musical treat!

10/30/2019
City of Andersonville

City of Andersonville

Trunk or Treat will be on the Easterlin Bandstand if it is raining on Thursday!!

Start of the day.  Y'all come on out.
10/20/2019

Start of the day. Y'all come on out.

We want to thank all that dared the rain and came out to support us on Saturday.  Well Sunday is a brand new day and the...
10/20/2019

We want to thank all that dared the rain and came out to support us on Saturday. Well Sunday is a brand new day and the sun is going to come out and all events will happen except for the parade. Come on out and join us. To get to parking which is in fields take the second road into Andersonville, which is Hwy. 228, go across bride and parking is or the right on Oglethorpe Street next to the firehouse and basketball court. Gates open at 10am.
We hope to see everyone here.

10/19/2019

Alright folks, It's a 70% chance of rain. We will all be here. Reenactors are set up and there will be food, stores and restaurant will be open and we will do what we can Saturday. If it is pouring down just use your common sense on the rain. Sunday will be a beautiful day and events as usual. Events for Saturday are tentative. We will know more about Saturday as the morning progresses and we will let you know. Parking is through the second road into Andersonville which is Hwy 228. Go over the bridge and the field on the right next to the basketball court and the firehouse.

Happy Wednesday to Everyone!!  Well, we are only a couple of days away from the Andersonville Historic Fair!!  We though...
10/16/2019

Happy Wednesday to Everyone!! Well, we are only a couple of days away from the Andersonville Historic Fair!! We thought ya'll might want to see the schedule. Remember though there will be a lot of things going on that aren't on the schedule. Blacksmithing, candlemaking, weaving, syrup making, and other demonstrations. Come on out this weekend and #discoverhistory

Happy Tuesday Everyone!  We want to Welcome "Sweet Street" to our downtown community!  They have all kinds of wonderful ...
10/08/2019

Happy Tuesday Everyone! We want to Welcome "Sweet Street" to our downtown community! They have all kinds of wonderful treasures and soon will be selling ice cream. You can find them next to the post office. It will be open Sunday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and closed on Thursday. Y'all come on and check them out!

Can't wait to see what he has designed for this year!
09/26/2019

Can't wait to see what he has designed for this year!

We are so gearing up for the Historic Fair! We are proud to announce that Kris Robson with his functional and folk Pottery made from Georgia Clay, will be back this year! We love having Kris here and we hope everyone will fall in love with his pottery as we did.

09/25/2019

Check out our ad with WALB. We can't wait to see everyone here on October 19th and 20th.

Happy Hump Day Everyone!!  We have been so busy with visitors and working on the festival that we just haven't had time ...
09/18/2019

Happy Hump Day Everyone!! We have been so busy with visitors and working on the festival that we just haven't had time to post. Remember the Andersonville Historic Fair is October 19th and 20th!! We still have a couple of spots available for arts and craft vendors so if you would like to show off your wares, just give us a call at 229-924-2558 or message us through Facebook. We all can't wait to see everyone here!!

Timeline Photos
09/11/2019

Timeline Photos

What a great ad for our Historic Fair.   Thank you Sumter County Magazine!
08/28/2019

What a great ad for our Historic Fair. Thank you Sumter County Magazine!

08/17/2019
Andersonville Farmers Market

Andersonville Farmers Market is happening right now. Come on out and support your local Farmers!

Tomorrow August 17 is the last farmer's market date until the fall crops come in. We'll also be having a multi party yard sale going on all.

Happy Wednesday to All!!  thank you for helping us reach 5,000 page likes.  We love our fans and we love sharing our his...
08/14/2019

Happy Wednesday to All!! thank you for helping us reach 5,000 page likes. We love our fans and we love sharing our history with everyone!

08/13/2019

Happy Tuesday Eveyone!! It seems we have some people trying to stop our festival from happening by saying our event isn't happening. It is happening like it has every year for the past 43 years and the only thing that has changed is the dates. If you are a craft vendor we still have some openings available. If you are a Sutler we would love to have you. If you are civilian reenactors give us a call. The Andersonville Historic Fair will be October 19th and 20th. Come celebrate our American History!

08/09/2019

Happy Friday! The Andersonville Farmers Market will Open at 7 am on Saturday at Easterlin Bandstand in Downtown Andersonville!

08/07/2019

Happy Wednesday!! It's Farmers Market Wednesday!
4 pm to 7pm. Come out and Support Your Local Farmers!
Downtown Andersonville!

Help the Historical Society of Andersonville, the Andersonville Guild finish the conservation projects in Pioneer Farm.
08/01/2019
Andersonville Guild

Help the Historical Society of Andersonville, the Andersonville Guild finish the conservation projects in Pioneer Farm.

The Andersonville Guild has spent the past year doing a very large conservation project in Pioneer Farm. In 2018, eleven buildings in Pioneer Farm which included the 130+ year old cabin were raised and refurbished. This could not have been accomplished without the help of special donor, who donated not only their time and money towards the project and the Mix Fund who awarded a grant towards the project.

Now we have the last two buildings which include, the 1800’s log barn and the Grist Mill to finish. The 1800’s barn is almost finished after the workers spent their time digging out the 20% of it that was buried in the ground. Special piers were built to raise it and stabilize it so that the wash would wash under the building instead of burying the building. The Grist Mill is the hardest of this project as it is slowly sinking into the creek. Besides creating custom piers as it is raised, a retaining wall will be built to stop the wash.

Visitation through Pioneer Farm has increased immensely. Visitors enjoy taking a bag of cornmeal home after watching it be made at the Grist Mill and sitting back watching demonstrations by our resident blacksmith. We want visitors to continue to enjoy Pioneer Farm and the Grist Mill.
We are asking for help with this last project by donating funds towards it and we want people to come see Pioneer Farm and the work we have accomplished in the past year.

Your donations can be sent to Andersonville Guild, P.O.Box 6, Andersonville, GA 31711 or call the Welcome Center 229-924-2558 or click on link.
https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=D6J2-_7rgnzNjq3UVGZJGbfPWUImvEAlu9Chi_1VNKZ-eKqfZ4s7txAqjVobj5JCv_XO1G&country.x=US&locale.x=US

07/31/2019

Happy Wednesday!! The Andersonville Farmers Market is open right now at the Easterlin Bandstand. Come Support Your Local Farmers!

07/26/2019

Andersonville Farmers Market will open at 7 am on Saturday at the Easterlin Bandstand. Come on out and support local farmers!

07/24/2019

We want to remind everyone that it is Farmers Market Wednesday!! The Farmers Market is from 4 pm to 7 pm. at Easterlin Bandstand.

Happy Wednesday to  everyone.  Don't forget it is Andersonville Farmers Market Wednesday! Sponsored by Warren Farms and ...
07/17/2019

Happy Wednesday to everyone. Don't forget it is Andersonville Farmers Market Wednesday! Sponsored by Warren Farms and Produce, LLC. The market will be open from 4 pm to 7 pm. In downtown Andersonville at the Easterlin Bandstand. Ya'll come on out.

Happy Friday Everyone!!  We want to remind everyone that the Andersonville Farmers Market will be open Saturday 7am to 1...
07/12/2019

Happy Friday Everyone!! We want to remind everyone that the Andersonville Farmers Market will be open Saturday 7am to 1pm. We hope everyone will come out and support these hard working farmers.

07/10/2019

Hey Folks! It's Farmers Market Wednesday in Andersonville!! 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Andersonville at Easterlin Bandstand!

07/09/2019
Dixie Jubilee - Jimmy Brown

We wanted to share with everyone a little clip from Dixie Jubilee. We are proud to have them for our entertainment during the Andersonville Historic Fair this year.
https://youtu.be/ksM5BgwCy7w

Dixie Jubilee of Woodstock, Georgia, 2nd place winner, Silver Dollar City KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest, May 25, 2019, Branson, Missouri

07/08/2019

Attention to All! The Andersonville Historic Fair is on for October 19th and 20th. Unless you hear it from this Page or the Andersonville Historic Fair Page, every other Page is hear say.

The Andersonville Welcome Center and the Drummer Boy Civil War Museum will be closed today in observance of our nation's...
07/04/2019

The Andersonville Welcome Center and the Drummer Boy Civil War Museum will be closed today in observance of our nation's birthday. We will reopen July 5th at 9 am. Wishing all a safe and happy Independence Day.

07/03/2019

Happy Wednesday!! Remember that the Andersonville Farmers Market will be open tonight 4 pm to 7 pm. Come check them out!

Happy Friday everyone!!  Remember that the Andersonville Farmers Market will Open at 7 a.m. on Saturday Morning in Downt...
06/28/2019

Happy Friday everyone!! Remember that the Andersonville Farmers Market will Open at 7 a.m. on Saturday Morning in Downtown Andersonville at the Easterlin Bandstand!! Come on out and check it out! So many great Farmers with so many great products!!

Check it Out!
06/26/2019

Check it Out!

Just some highlights... Red and Green tomatoes, yellow squash, patty pan squash, purple hull and cream 40s, watermelon, and blueberries!

06/26/2019
Andersonville Farmers Market

Ya'll Come on out. The Andersonville Farmers Market is open from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Tonight is going to be a FULL HOUSE!! WARREN FARMS, FICKLE FOWL FARMS, PURVIS CROSSING, CIRCLE L FARMS, AND BETH'S BERRIES/HOLLOWAY FARM'S!!!!

The Andersonville Farmers Market is happening right now! In downtown Andersonville!  Open till 1pm.  Come get your fresh...
06/22/2019

The Andersonville Farmers Market is happening right now! In downtown Andersonville! Open till 1pm. Come get your fresh veggies!

06/19/2019

The Andersonville Farmers Market will be open this evening from 4 pm to 7 pm. Ya'll come on out!

Address

109 E Church St
Andersonville, GA
31711

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(229) 924-2558

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