Fort Donelson Celebrates the Centennial of the NPS with Special Activities

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: August 17, 2016

Fort Donelson National Battlefield Invites Everyone to #FindYourPark For the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service

Special Event in Dover and Across the U.S. Will Celebrate the National Park Service 100th Anniversary August 25th

 [Dover, TN] –The National Park Service invites visitors of all ages to join in the celebration of its 100th birthday throughout the month of August. With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28, the NPS is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial. "August –our birthday month –will be a nationwide celebration of national parks, and we're inviting everyone to the party," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "We like to think that we look pretty good for 100, and with so many events and activities to commemorate this milestone, we hope all Americans will join us to celebrate the breathtaking landscapes and inspiring history in our nation's parks and public lands. Whether it is in a distant state or in your own community, there are hundreds of ways and places to find your park!" NPS Centennial Event at Fort Donelson National Battlefield Fort Donelson National Battlefield will be celebrating the National Park Service Centennial with a special birthday event. Superintendent Brian McCutchen said, "We are proud and excited to share this special moment in our agency's history with our community and those who visit our park from all around the world." On Thursday, August 25, 2016, "Founders Day," we will celebrate our birthday the old-fashioned way with a birthday cake. We'll need lots of help to blow out 100 candles, so join us in our visitor center and lend a hand 12:30p.m.! During this event, fourth graders from Dover Elementary School will be present to sing "Happy Birthday" to the National Park Service, as well as to assist park staff in placing letters, documents, and mementos into a time capsule, which will be sealed (and hopefully not reopened) until the agency celebrates is second century of conservation, preservation and education. When rehabilitation of the park Visitor Center is completed in early 2017, the capsule will then be placed into a wall of the facility, awaiting its recovery by future generations. This event will be held at the Stewart County Visitor Center, which serves as the temporary visitor orientation facility for the national park, at 117 Visitor Center Lane, Dover. On Saturday, August 27, at 2:00p.m., join 18th President of the United States, Ulysses Simpson Grant as he speaks on the activities of 1862, and the importance of the battles involving Forts Henry, Heiman, and Donelson. President Grant will also share why he thought it was so important to sign the law creating the first National Park, Yellowstone. . . . long before there was a National Park Service. The program will take place at the "Lower River Battery," Tour Stop 4. This program is weather dependent, so please contact national park rangers at 931-232-5706, should there be any questions. From a solar car relay through nine national parks, to major and minor league baseball games, to cultural and musical festivals, events and programs throughout the U.S. will provide countless ways for families, students, and park lovers of all ages to discover special park experiences for the Centennial. Ours are a few among the hundreds of special events that will celebrate the National Park Service's Centennial. A sampling of events is available on the National Park Service website, and many more can be found at and Entrance Fees Waived for the NPS Birthday through the Weekend Park entrance fees will be waived nationwide from August 25 through August 28 to encourage everyone to celebrate the NPS 100th birthday. Usually, 127 of the 412 national parks charge entrance fees that range from $3 to $30. The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. To continue the national park adventure beyond these entrance fee free days, the $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 sites, including all national parks, throughout the year. There are also a variety of free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current military members, fourth grade students, and disabled citizens. Find Your Park to Celebrate the Centennial On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the National Park Service "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for future generations." To celebrate the 100th anniversary of that moment and to look ahead to the next 100 years, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation launched the Find Your Park / Encuentra Tu Parque movement in early 2015. Inspiring people from all backgrounds to celebrate and support America's national parks and community-based programs, #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 412 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at, on Facebook at, Twitter at, and YouTube at Fort Donelson National Battlefield preserves, protects, and promotes understanding of the significant sites and historic events associated with the Battle of Fort Donelson, and the encompassing Forts Henry, Heiman, and Donelson Campaign, fought during the American Civil War. Additional information is available at the visitor center, by calling 931-232-5706, or at the park website ( ).

Last updated: August 18, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

174 National Cemetery Drive
PO Box 434

Dover, TN 37058


931-232-5706 x0

Contact Us