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Andersonville National Historic Site is beginning to increase recreational access to park grounds

May 13, 2020

National Park Service News Release


Release Date: May 13, 2020



Andersonville National Historic Site is beginning to increase recreational access to park grounds


Andersonville, Georgia – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Andersonville National Historic Site is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.  


Beginning May 13, 2020, Andersonville National Historic Site will reopen access to all park grounds daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Limited brochures and information will be available outside in front of the visitor center doors. Direct burial services for eligible veterans and their families will continue with restrictions.


With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:

The National Prisoner of War Museum and all other park buildings remain closed to public access.

All public restrooms remain closed.

No public programs or events will be offered or conducted.

No committal services or rendering of military honors will be permitted in Andersonville National Cemetery. No more than ten (10) immediate family members may be present to witness burials. The family may request to conduct a proper committal service when conditions permit.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Andersonville National Historic Site, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.   


While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.


The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.  


We have an amazing virtual tour of Andersonville National Historic Site, done in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting, so for people who are still home schooling or not traveling at this time check out


Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website ( and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on


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Jody Mays

Chief, Interpretation and Resource Management

Andersonville National Historic Site

National Prisoner of War Museum

Andersonville National Cemetery

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