Gates to be Closed at 6:00PM at Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Contact: Michael Manning, (931)232-5348, ext. 108
Effective September 6, the gate at the main unit of Fort Donelson National Battlefield will be closed at 6:00 PM. Cars will not be admitted beyond the gate after 5:45 PM, and all vehicles must be off the tour road by 6:00 PM.
The gate at Graves' Battery, stop #7 on the park's self-guided auto tour route, will be closed at the same time.
The visitor center for Fort Donelson National Battlefield is easily accessed from Highway 79 in Dover, Tennessee. The park protects historical, cultural, and natural resources associated with the February, 1862, Battle of Fort Donelson, one of the most significant engagements of the American Civil War.
Did You Know?
There was a significant enslaved population in Stewart County, TN, before and during the 1862 battle. After the Union victories at Forts Heiman, Henry and Donelson, many freedom seeking slaves sought refuge at these forts, even establishing a community near today's Fort Donelson National Cemetery.