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Contact: Visitor Center, 931 232 5706 X 0
Fort Donelson National Battlefield Announces New Summer Programs
Dover, TN—Superintendent Steven McCoy announced today a series of new summer programs at Fort Donelson National Battlefield. This year, visitors may enjoy programs at the historic Dover Hotel, the Common Soldier Living History Program, and a Ranger-led Auto Caravan Tour, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
The newest program is a ranger-guided auto caravan tour of the battlefield that harkens back to the early days of the National Parks when these types of tours were popular with the newly-motorized public. This tour will be conducted twice daily and will depart the VisitorCenter at 10 am and 2 pm. The number of vehicles allowed on the tour is limited so visitors may want to come to the park VisitorCenter early to sign up. The park will again open the Dover Hotel for visitation on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and will also be opened for the auto caravan tour participants. Another popular program, the Common Soldier Living History Program, will return again in 2008. Park Rangers, dressed in historic costumes, will conduct period black powder weapon demonstrations. These programs will take place on a daily basis depending upon staff availability. Check out the park’s website: www.nps.gov/fodo for more up-to-date information and program times.
FortDonelson National Battlefield was established as a national military park under the U.S. War Department in 1928 to commemorate the campaign and battles of FortHenry and FortDonelson, the first significant Union victories of the Civil War. It was transferred to the National Park Service in 1933.
There are no fees for visiting the battlefield. For more information, contact the Ranger staff at 931-232-5706 x 101.