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41st Annual Andersonville Historic Fair
October 7, 2017
Every year when The Ride Home
comes to Americus-Sumter County, Georgia I make it a
point to go out and meet a few of the visitors and
thank them for their service. Today (9/18/15) I was
fortunate enough to meet for the first time and to
have a conversation with someone I would consider a
hero. He is a former POW. by the name of Charles Crandell
shown here on the right. Charles was a radioman on
the USS Pueblo when on January 23, 1968 the ship and
its crew were captured by North Korea. Only 82
surviving crewmen were released following
negotiations some 11 months later.
I would also like to take this
opportunity to thank all U.S. military men and women
who have served or are serving on our behalf. A
special thanks goes out to all former POWs and their
families for what they have endured.
Come visit us at the museum and
see all the changes/additions.
thousand tourists annually visit the Civil War village of
Andersonville. All are informed of other attractions in the
area. Complimentary step-on tour guides are provided for
Motor Coach groups. Annually more than 350 Motor Coach and
school groups receive this service.
The Civil War Village of Andersonville, Georgia is located
just off Georgia Highway 49 between Americus and Oglethorpe and
is some 21 miles northeast of Plains.
The railroad terminal at
Andersonville was the arrival point for 45,000 Federal
prisoners destined for incarceration at Camp Sumter also
known as the Andersonville Civil War Prison. Prisoners
were marched the quarter mile from the depot to the
becoming the supply center for the prison, Andersonville
was also the location for the office of Captain Henry
Wirz, keeper of Andersonville Prison.
Andersonville Civil War Village on Facebook
The City Offices and Welcome Center are located in the old
train depot. There is also a museum that holds many
interesting things from the Civil War and from that era.
There are many
sights to see in Andersonville. There are five interesting
antique, craft and curiosity shops. The Wirz Monument that
stands in the center of town reminds us of the many
hardships that are faced during war. The log cabin church is
a wonderful place to hold weddings. Andersonville also
boasts a seven acre pioneer farm which depicts what life was
like on a one man farm of the mid 1800s. On the main street
of Andersonville is the Drummer Boy Museum which the Editor
of Blue and Gray Magazine says is the best Civil War museum
under one roof anywhere in the United States. We are open
and ready to greet tour groups 364 days a year, every day
information call 229-924-2558 or
Click here for The Andersonville Guild
Click here for a 2014 Historic Fair vendor application.
Photos on this page are from various
Historic Fair days or other events.
A very good resource of information on the
Andersonville Civil War Prison can be found at Kevin Frye's
Click here to visit the site.