Kentucky Gains a New National Park!
10/14/10 - Click here for new photos of the progress that has been made!
The Deed was transferred to the National Park System on October 30, 2006. Click here for invitation and photos from the event.
Over the past four years, state agencies, county officials, legislators and concerned citizens have partnered together to "Save Fort Heiman", a historic Civil War site located in Calloway County, Kentucky, that was at risk of becoming a subdivision. This particular site is part of the "triology of forts" which includes Fort Heiman, Fort Donelson and Fort Henry. To this end, the team at WMTH wrote and received over $1,000,000 in grants on behalf of the county and has worked with the landowners to purchase all of the property. Click here for the latest as of October 17, 2006 - such as the transfer of deed and the ceremony planned for October 30, 2006 at 1 pm CST at the site.
On October 25, 2004, SB 524, introduced by Senator Bunning and strongly supported by Congressmen Whitfield and Tanner, was signed into law authorizing the National Park Service to expand the boundaries of Fort Donelson to include Fort Heiman, thus enabling a new National Park to be created in Western Kentucky! Details of this landmark legislation, historical significance, grants received may be found below.
Keep in mind that none of this would have been possible without the strong support of our legislators and without the willingness of the current landowners who have unselfishly agreed to sell their properties in order that the area may be preserved for future generations.