Donelson National Battlefield
the Civil War of the 1860s, the Union forces were heading south to fight the Confederacy.
Fort Donelson was key because of its location on the Cumberland River. When Fort
Donelson was captured by the Union in February 1862, it was their first major
victory for the Civil War. With the fort under Union control, they now had the
door open to the Confederacy. At Fort Donelson, visitors
can learn about the battle, view the earthworks and cannons, and take a walk through
the area on one of two trails. There also are areas for picnics, parking, and
strolls along the Cumberland River.
At Fort Donelson, you can also visit the Fort
Donelson National Cemetery and the Dover Hotel, a historic building where the
Confederate surrender took place on February 16, 1862. You can contact the Fort
Donelson National Battlefield Visitor's Center at (931) 232-5706. The visitor's
center is located off Highway 79 just west of the heart of Dover. Read more about
Fort Donelson in Explorations.
Donelson National Cemetery
July 1862, Congress passed legislation giving the President of the United States
the authority to purchase land for the establishment of cemeteries for soldiers
who shall die in the service of their country. The legislation effectively
began the National Cemetery system. In 1867, Fort Donelson Cemetery was established
as the final resting for Union soldiers and sailors initially buried in the Fort
Donelson area. Visitor
Information, P.O. Box 434, Dover, TN 37058-0434 (931)232-5706
Dover Hotel was the site of the "unconditional surrender" of General
Buckner to General Grant, on February 16, 1862. Grant's terms of "unconditional
and immediate surrender" were described by Buckner as "ungenerous and
unchivalrous". This was the Union Army's first major victory of the the Civil
War, setting the stage for invasion of the south and eventual capture of the Mississippi
structure was originally built in 1851, and still stands in the heart of Dover.
The structure had served as General Buckner's headquarters during the battle.
The Fort Donelson House Historical Association and the National Park Service restored
the house in the 1970's, and today the exterior looks much as it did at the time
of the surrender. 101
Petty St. Dover, TN 37058 (931) 232-5706, fax: 931-232-4085
Creeks National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge has 8,862 acres administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish
and Wildlife Service, for the purpose of wildlife management and preservation,
particularly migratory waterfowl. Services include wildlife protection and management
recreation, such as fishing, hiking, limited hunting, bird viewing, environmental
education, and more. For more information, contact the Cross Creeks National Wildlife
Refuge Visitor's Center at (931) 232-7477. 643
Wildlife Road, Dover, TN 37058 (931) 232-7477 fax: (931) 232-5958, Send
miles long, over 2,300 miles of shoreline, 160,000 acres of water - is one of
the world's largest man-made lakes. Kentucky Lake was built when a dam was constructed
in Gilbertsville, KY, on the Tennessee River, beginning in the late 1930s. Kentucky
Dam was completed in 1944; it began holding back the waters of the mighty Tennessee.
The flood waters from the river is now known as Kentucky Lake.
Kentucky Lake serves many purposes. Kentucky Dam, operated by the TVA, generates
electricity for the region. Kentucky Lake also provides flood control on the lower
Tennessee River, as well as the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Kentucky Lake provides
navigable waterways for shipping of materials. Kentucky Lake also provides tourism
to west Kentucky and northwest Tennessee with its beautiful waters, gorgeous sunsets,
and endless family fun. Find more about Kentucky Lake here.
Landing State Park
Between the Lakes Recreational Area. Dover serves as the southern entrance of The
Land Between The Lakes. Administered by the U.S. Forest Service since October
of 1999, the agency took control after TVA was denied appropriations by Congress
for the upcoming fiscal year. The LBL Protection Act was passed in 1998 by Congress
to shift control of the massive peninsula from the TVA to the U.S. Forest Service.
LBL was created in the late 1960s after Lake Barkley was formed. Today LBL features
hiking trails, backpacking, camping, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, horseback
riding, historical attractions, biking, an off-road vehicle area, swimming, environmental
education programs, indoor educational facilities, and so much more. LBL boasts
over one million visitors each year. 100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, KY 42211,
Cumberland Fossil Plant
Fossil Plant is located northwest of Nashville on the shores of Barkley Reservoir
on the Cumberland River. It produces more power than any other plant in the TVA
system. In fiscal year 2004, its two generating units turned out over 18.5 million
megawatt-hours, more than any other TVA fossil or nuclear plant.
Cumberland City Ferry is one of four remaining ferries in Tennessee. (931) 827-2322.
The Cumberland River was dammed near Grand Rivers, KY in 1964
to form Lake Barkley. The flood waters of Lake Barkley create an interesting landscape
for Stewart County. At summer pool, Lake Barkley seems to be everywhere, especially
in the areas east of the river. At winter pool, when the elevation is four to
five feet less than normal, most of the lake is marsh-like and very shallow in
the Dover area. Nevertheless, Lake Barkley is great for fishing, boating, and
other recreational activities.
Between the Lakes
Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (LBL) is located in southwest Kentucky
and northwest Tennessee. It is comprised of 170,000 acres and has 16 developed
campgrounds all of which meet the selection criteria.
Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is a newly designated Forest Service
holding. The 170,000 acres of beauty, history, and adventure was part of the Tennessee
Valley Authority (TVA) efforts until October 1999. The Forest Service now has
responsibility for managing the land and recreation opportunities. Sandwiched
between two magnificent bodies of water, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, the LBL
is a place of beauty and widely varied recreation opportunities. Whether looking
for a camp site with full-hook-ups or nothing more than a level, cleared area
with the whispers of wind through old-growth oak or something in between, you'll
find it at LBL. While the campgrounds with water play recreation and hook-ups,
such as Piney and Hillman Ferry, fill up most weekends, smaller, less well-known
campgrounds with their superior fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities, are
just as popular. 100
Van Morgan Dr. Golden Pond, KY 42211-9001, (270) 924-2000
Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes recreates a working farm operated by a "family"
living an authentic 19th century lifestyle. Open daily in summer.