Fort Donelson National Battlefield Visitor Services to Temporarily Relocate to the Stewart County Visitor Center December 7 2015

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Date: November 30, 2015
Contact: Douglas Richardson, (931)232 5706

Dover, TN –Fort Donelson National Battlefield will be temporarily closing its park visitor center at 120 Fort Donelson Park Road in Dover, Tennessee, in anticipation of a forthcoming accessibility, health and safety, and environmental sustainability renovation.

Starting onMonday, December 7, 2015, and continuing during this renovation process, the park will offer its visitor orientation services at the Stewart County Visitor Center, located at 117 Visitor Center Lane, in Dover. The park will retain its core visitor services hours, daily, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CT), closing only for December 25 and January 1.

Visitors will still be able to view the park's orientation film, small exhibits explaining the significance and timeline of the February, 1862, campaign for Forts Heiman, Henry, and Donelson.Also, visitors will be able to acquire interpretive tools and materials needed to experience the park's six mile driving tour, which will remain unaffected during this process.

The Stewart County visitor center opened in the fall of 2010, and is an excellent showcase for Stewart County, Tennessee, its history, magnificent resources, and people.As Fort Donelson Superintendent Brian McCutchen said, "We are grateful to Stewart County Mayor Rick Joiner, all in the County government, the Stewart County Arts and Heritage Council, and the County Chamber of Commerce and its volunteers, for allowing us to continue our important service to the public during this much needed renovation to our visitor center building.This will allow Fort Donelson and our partners to show visitors from around the nation, andaround the world, how important this battle was on a local and national scale.This collaboration will also introduce visitors to all of the other wonderful opportunities that are available in Stewart County."

Groups are always welcome to visit Fort Donelson, although groups are advised that prior arrangements will need to be made with park staff for group viewings of the park film.The telephone number for interpretive park ranger staff remains 931-232-5706.

Although a beginning and completion date for the renovation of the Fort Donelson visitor center have yet to be determined, the work is expected to begin in early 2016. This renovation is among the highlighted projects and programs to be accomplished in 2016, which is the 100thanniversary of the National Park Service.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield will use a variety of means to update visitors during this process, including its website, at www.nps.gov/fodo, its facebook page, at www.facebook.com/fortdonelsonnps, and its twitter page, at www.twitter.com/fortdonelsonnps

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