Traveling trunks are available year-round, free-of-charge, and by reservation only. The trunks were developed with the help of educational specialists and teachers. They are interdisciplinary, curriculum-based, target 4th-8th grade levels, and offer students an opportunity for hands-on learning and access to primary resource materials to further study about the Civil War in Tennessee and Kentucky. All trunks have reproduction clothing, books, VHS tapes, CDs, and suggested activities.
The park has five trunk themes: women's history, the Underground Railroad, US and Confederate soldier life, and naval history.
How do I reserve a trunk for my classroom?
How will the trunk be delivered to my classroom? Trunks are shipped to the school via United States Postal Service parcel post. Educators in nearby schools may also pick up a trunk personally at the Fort Donelson visitor center after arrangements and reservations have been made.
Are there fees for using the trunks?
How long may our class use the trunk?
Did You Know?
At the time of the 1862 battle, a six-gun Tennessee battery was located where the visitor center is located today. Porter's Battery saw extensive action during the battle, and had many killed, wounded, and taken prisoner. Captain Thomas Porter was seriously wounded during the battle.