Located on the western edge of Tennessee, approximately 40 miles north of Memphis, Fort Pillow State Historic Park is rich in historic and archaeological significance. Steep bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River made this area a strategic location during the Civil War. The fort was originally built by Confederate troops in 1861 and named after General Gideon J. Pillow of Maury County. It was abandoned in 1862 due to the Union Navy’s advancement along the Mississippi River. The area became a state park in 1971.

 

Join us today as we explore the 1,642-acre fort, known for its well-preserved breastworks and reconstructed inner fort. We will begin with a narrated driving tour as we make our way to the Interpretive Center and Museum, where Civil War artifacts, including a cannon and interpretive displays relating to the history of Fort Pillow are displayed.

 

After a short film about the 1864 battle, explore the gift shop and choose a souvenir to remember your visit to the historic fort. Enjoy a reenactment of the battle, so you can watch the events unfold before your very eyes before beginning on an extensive walking tour to the 1864 Battlefield site, featuring the restored fortifications.

 

Note: Please be advised that the walk to the Fort Pillow Battlefield is strenuous with uneven ground and elevation changes. 

 

Timing: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Activity Level: 4

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INCLUDED TOUR

Fort Pillow Walking Tour

CIVIL WAR THEME

Located on the western edge of Tennessee, approximately 40 miles north of Memphis, Fort Pillow State Historic Park is rich in historic and archaeological significance. Steep bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River made this area a strategic location during the Civil War. The fort was originally built by Confederate troops in 1861 and named after General Gideon J. Pillow of Maury County. It was abandoned in 1862 due to the Union Navy’s advancement along the Mississippi River. The area became a state park in 1971.

 

Join us today as we explore the 1,642-acre fort, known for its well-preserved breastworks and reconstructed inner fort. We will begin with a narrated driving tour as we make our way to the Interpretive Center and Museum, where Civil War artifacts, including a cannon and interpretive displays relating to the history of Fort Pillow are displayed.

 

After a short film about the 1864 battle, explore the gift shop and choose a souvenir to remember your visit to the historic fort. The day will conclude with a reenactment of the battle, so you can watch the events unfold before your very eyes.

 

Timing: 8:30 AM – 11:30 PM

Activity Level: 1

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INCLUDED TOUR

Fort Pillow Driving Tour

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