Magnolia Springs was the site of a Civil War prison camp built to alleviate the extremely crowed conditions at the notorious prison camp in Andersonville, Ga. The camp was in use for about six weeks in which time more than 700 men - out of a population of over 10,000 - died due to insufficient rations, inadequate housing, damaging exposure, and poor medical care. The camp was abandoned and the prisoners moved on November 22, 1864, four days before Sherman’s troops marched into the area.
The earthworks of the fort are the only evidence left of the camp. Small artifacts excavated in 2010 by Georgia Southern University students are exhibited in history center. The park also has a campground and trails but we did not check them out.
The history center is accessible. Stop at the park visitor center to get a key for the center door.