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Fort Donelson, Dover, Tennessee, USA (Photo: KennStilger47/Shutterstock)
3.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Jason Frye
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Dover (Tennessee)

Dover, a small town on Tennessee's Cumberland River, is home to some significant Civil War history. In February 1862, the Union Army experienced their first major victory of the war when they captured Fort Donelson, a riverside battery that helped control river traffic and secure the region. The Fort Donelson National Cemetery, and the Dover Hotel -- also known as The Surrender House -- are other important Civil War sites.

At the W. D. Sykes Historical Museum, you can get a better sense of the Civil War's impact on the town and learn more of the town's history as docents -- one of whom grew up in the house -- are on hand to lead tours and answer questions.

About Dover (Tennessee)


Pro

Docents at the Historical Museum are excited to share stories of their town

Con

Little to see outside Fort Donelson and the Civil War sites

Bottom Line

Despite the views at Fort Donelson, there's not much else to see.


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Where You're Docked

In Dover, you'll dock in a small park just a few blocks from downtown. Here, entrepreneurial residents set up a small craft bazar under the park's only shelter.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The U.S. dollar is the only accepted currency at shops in Dover, though most stores, restaurants and taxis will accept credit and debit cards. ATMs are available a few blocks from where river ships dock.

Language

In Dover, English is the primary language.