Visitor Center Delayed opening, December 8, 2013
UPDATE: The visitor center area will be operating under a two hour delay Sunday, December 8. Anticipated opening time is 10AM. Please use caution, as much ice remains. Today's book club at the Calloway County Public Library will be rescheduled. More »
Special May 2013 Programs at Fort Donelson
Contact: Doug Richardson, (931)232-5706
May 2013 at Fort Donelson
Our visitor center is open daily from 8:00AM to 4:30 PM.
The exhibit room at theDover Hotel (stop #10)is open daily from 8:00AM to 4:15 PM.
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 11:00 AM, Fort Donelson Visitor Center Amphitheater
Fort Donelson National Battlefield welcomes the Houston County School District's Concert Band as they offer a powerful selection of Civil War era themed selections during their Spring Concert. Visitors may want to bring a chair. We thank the school and the students for their dedication.
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 1:00 PM, Fort Donelson Visitor Center Pavilion
Story time for kids! Join us for The Legend of Old Abe: A Civil War Eagle by Kathy-jo Wargin. Old Abe was an inspiration for many during the Civil War. While at the park you might see our resident eagles, who call the park home! Offered as part of the Town of Dover's "Eagle Fest."
Saturday, May 18th, 2013, OR Sunday, May 19th, 2013, 3:00 PM, Visitor Center
A free showing of the beautiful documentary "American Eagle," an episode of the PBS series "Nature." The film explores the legacy of this national treasure, and the challenges the species has faced through the year. Shown with permission from PBS, and as part of the Town of Dover's "Eagle Fest." Throughout the weekend we'll be highlighting our resident eagles.
Sunday, May 19, 2013, 3:00 PM, Calloway County Public Library, Murray, KY
The Fort Donelson book club, Murray group, concludes our discussion of C. Vann Woodward's edition of Mary Chesnut's Civil War, one of the most important first person accounts of the Civil War years.
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 6:00 PM, Fort Donelson National Battlefield Visitor Center
The Fort Donelson book club, Dover Group, will discuss Robert Poole's On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery. A limited number of free copies of this book are available for participants. Please call (931)232-5706, ext. 108, for more information.
Saturday, May 25, 2013, 7:00 PM, Fort Donelson National Cemetery
Fort Donelson National Battlefield commemorates Memorial Day weekend with the annual luminary tribute. The Cumberland Winds will offer a special concert at the National Cemetery, with the beautiful candles serving as a poignant backdrop. We thank all of the volunteers who make this event possible each year. Please bring a chair; parking is limited.
Did You Know?
On February 16, 1862, Confederate General Simon B. Buckner surrendered Fort Donelson to Ulysses Grant. Several years later, Buckner would serve as the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In 1885, he would serve as a pallbearer to his old friend Ulysses Grant.