Following his course on Civil War Prisons on April 4, Truett Godwin will lead an OLLI field trip to Andersonville on April 7 and 8 to visit the The Andersonville National Historic Site, which includes not only the original prison site, but also the Andersonville National Cemetery where many of the Civil War Prisoners are buried, and The National Prisoner of War Museum, honoring all American prisoners of war. People find visiting this National Historic Site a very worthwhile, though sobering, experience that illustrates one of the hidden costs of war.
The tour will also include a stop in Andersonville to see the Henry Wirtz office and monument and to visit the Drummer Boy Museum.
The tour will be by motorcoach, which will leave Athens at 9 AM on Thursday, April 7 and return on Friday April 8 by 6 PM. The cost of the trip, excluding meals and motel rooms, will be $130. Rooms have been reserved for participants at Days Inn, Americus, at a rate of $68.48 (including tax and breakfast). Therefore, if you share a room your room cost will be only $34.24. On the way to Andersonville on April 7, We will eat lunch at Yoder’s Deutsch Haus Restaurant in Montezuma, GA (a Mennonite cafeteria); dinner will be available in Americus at restaurants close to the motel.
The deadline for reserving a place on this field trip to Andersonville is March 31st. Please note that although this OLLI “travel study” event is associated with Truett Goodwin’s course on Civil War Prisons, individuals are welcome to come on the trip without taking the course on Civil War prisons and individuals are welcome to take the course without also coming on the field trip!