The Visitor Center is open daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CST) except Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1.
The exhibit room at the Dover Hotel, known locally as the "Surrender House" will be open daily from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. The top floor and the basement of the building are not restored and are not open to the public. (Inclement weather and short staffing may cause the opening of the Hotel to be delayed.)
In January, 2011, new exhibits were installed in the Dover Hotel, exploring the events and personalities involved with the Battle of Fort Donelson. A film in the exhibit room explores the discussions held between Confederate Generals Floyd, Pillow and Buckner, as well as Nathan Bedford Forrest, that led to the surrender on February 16, 1862.
New exhibits at the Dover Hotel use powerful first person accounts when describing the lead up to the Battle of Fort Donelson, the battle itself, and how the community dealt with the aftermath.
Fort Donelson National Cemetery is open 7:00 am until 5:00 pm daily.
Last updated: March 25, 2021