Fort Donelson Status March 7 2014
The park's visitor center is open today, March 7, 2014. The main tour road is now open. The Dover Hotel is open. Stop #7 is closed. Park staff is working on removing ice and snow. Many local roads, especially back roads, are still treacherous.
Kraig Lawson and Jack Barnhart returned their Civil War exhibit to Fort Donelson National Battle over the Fourth of July weekend. Visitors were able to see authentic civil war army and navy weapons, clothing, photographs, and various accoutrements. Lawson’s working scale models of a Timber clad and Ironclad Gunboat was a big attraction.
The First Bloom participants meet with Park Ranger Deborah Austin and Girl Scout Coordinator, Teresa Earhart at Fort Donelson National Cemetery Telenet building November 14, 2009 for their monthly meeting. Ranger Austin opened meeting with a review of the First Bloom program at Fort Donelson and introduced its interactive website, and why native plants are important. Guest speaker, Brenda Batson, with the Middle Tennessee Iris Society talked about Tennessee ’s state flower. Scouts learned about parts of the flower and how to properly propagate them. Scout leaders led the girl scouts in hands-on activities; Flower Dissection and making their own flower, and Cereal box journals. Toward the end of the year program, scouts will plant a native landscape at the park. This site planting will be a lasting connection for those youth, an important learning experience, and a feature that all future visitors to the park will enjoy
Did You Know?
The embrasures at Fort Donelson were constructed of sand bags lined with rawhide. The rawhide was wet down to prevent the bags from catching fire during an engagement.