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Fort Negley Visitors Center and Park

  Fort Negley Visitors Center and WPA Stone Gates at Night

The Fort Negley Visitors Center is a historical education and outdoor recreation center of the Nashville Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation.  Fort Negley is a place where people and history come together.  It is a place to learn that we are a part of history and not apart from it.  The visitors center is a resource for exploring the delicate relationship between Nashville and the Federal Government during the Civil War and learning about the site's relevance in the 20th century and beyond.

Fort Negley Visitors Center and Park:

  • Offers interactive exhibits and two 20 minute videos covering the 1862 surrender of Nashville and the building of Fort Negley.
  • Includes education panels along paved paths for self-guided walking tours.
  • Has educated staff and volunteers available to answer questions at the information desk.
  • Provides programming for school field trips and scout groups, history and nature education events, tours for scheduled groups and living history events.
  • Offers a great place to walk and bring a leashed dog.
  • Provides a great view of the city during park hours.
  • Fort Negley Visitors Center serves as the home of the Nashville Civil War Roundtable and Fort Donelson Camp 62, Sons of Union Veterans.

Fort Negley is located in South Nashville 2 miles from the entertainment, music and sports venues of Lower Broadway in Downtown Nashville.

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Fort Negley Visitors Center to promote a greater understanding of the social, political, and military forces central to Nashville and Middle Tennessee during the era of sectional conflict in American history.

Core Values

  • We promote historical education based on facts and primary sources
  • We strive to offer a variety of quality programs
  • We employ and cultivate a staff dedicated to enhancing the visitor experience
  • We encourage visitors to continue the search for knowledge
  • We provide a safe environment for people to learn and discuss

Support the Fort

Interested in joining the Friends of Fort Negley? Email us for more information.

The Friends of Fort Negley Gift Shop, located in the visitors center, offers a variety of Civil War related books and collectables. All proceeds benefit the site.


Visit, Learn and Explore

1100 Fort Negley Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37203


Free and Open to the Public

Participants Code of Conduct

Park Hours

The Park is open year round from dawn to dusk for self-guided walking tours. Sites maps are available in the mailbox posted behind the stone gates. Restrooms are available during visitors center hours of operation.

Visitors Center Hours of Operation

Winter Hours (September - May)
Tuesday - Friday: Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
And by Appointment

Summer Hours (June - August)
Tuesday - Thursday: Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
And by Appointment