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Government shutdown leads to closing of Andersonville and Jimmy Carter sites

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Due to the federal government shutdown, the Jimmy Carter and Andersonville Historical sites are temporarily closed.

The closing caught a number of hopeful visitors by surprise.

"It didn't hit my mind right away that this was a state park we are going to today or I wouldn't have had my husband drive an hour and 15 to come down," said Elizabeth Step who traveled from Warner Robbins. "Just not happy, a lot of people are affected by this shut down. I think it's nonsense."

"I thought the federal government would never shut down," said Albert Sinclair, who was traveling from Massachusetts. "I never thought it would come to this."

The National Historic site in Andersonville is also the burial ground for veterans. Unfortunately, that is cut off to the public as well, something that was unsettling to one woman who tried to view her father and grandfather's grave.

"I don't see how they can keep me from my loved ones when this is cemetery," Helen Cornell said. "I understand the museum not being opened ... but how do you keep me from the cemetery?"

At this time, the cemetery will only be opened for burials.

 

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