New Gate Hours for Summer Season at Fort Donelson
For Immediate Release Contact: Michael Manning
May 14, 2012 931-232-5348 x108
New Tour Road Gate Hours Effective Memorial Day Weekend
Dover, Tennessee - Beginning May 26, 2012 the gates to the Fort Donelson National Battlefield Main Tour Road and the Graves Battery Road will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The incoming road gates will be closed 15 minutes before the actual closing time. As a reminder, driving around the "Road Closed" signs can result in a fine or arrest, and not exiting the tour roads by the closing time could result in your vehicle being towed and fines assessed. The roads will be open exclusively for pedestrians and bicycles from 8:00 p.m. until dark to provide a safe environment for these recreational activities.
Please remember that metal detecting and other types of artifact collection are always prohibited within Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Seatbelts must be worn whenever a vehicle is in motion and speed limits are enforced by radar with no tolerance. Collecting wildflowers and harassing park wildlife is also prohibited by law. Pets are not allowed on park trails and must be on a leash at all times.
Fort Donelson National Battlefield was established in 1928 to commemorate the Battle of Fort Donelson in February 1862. Originally established under the U.S. War Department it was transferred to the National Park Service in 1933. There is no charge to visit. As always, if you have questions you can ask a Park Ranger or call the law enforcement staff at the Fort Donelson Ranger Station at 931-232-5348 x107 or 108.
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.