Over the years, a large portion of the 350 acres which makes up Fort Heiman had been subdivided and parcels sold for future homesites. Construction had begun on one of the properties which happens to be located directly across from the burial site of Civil War soldiers along one of the breastworks (Lot #21).
To save Fort Heiman and assure that future generations may have an opportunity to visit the site and learn about the past and the story of the trilogy of forts, an effort has been underway to purchase all of the property with the intention of eventually giving the property to the National Park Service.
Over $1 million was raised and on September 23, 2003, approximately 180 acres was purchased by Calloway Co. Fiscal Court and held in trust. Over the next few years, additional lots were purchased.
In 2004, Congress introduced two bills - - SB524 or HB646 that would allow this land to become part of the National Park System through the expansion of Fort Donelson National Battlefield.
On October 25, 2004 the bill was passed and signed into law!
Thank your legislators today for voting for SB 524 which allowed Fort Heiman to be preserved for future generations to enjoy and learn about its great historical significance. Also, thank the propoery owners who were generous enough to sell their properties in order that the National Park could be created for all to enjoy.
Thanks ever so much to everyone's efforts. Together we made a difference!