Fort Donelson Memorial United Methodist Church is a historic treasure in a historic town.
Established in 1812, the congregation built a frame structure at the current location in 1840.
In 1863, the first church building was burned during the Battle of Dover, when Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest unsuccessfully tried to recapture the town of Dover from the Federals. The town had been held by Union soldiers since the Battle of Fort Donelson in February, 1842.
During the battle, a Federal soldier carried the pulpit Bible from the burning church and took it back home to Pennsylvania.
Years later, a Mrs. Gomer returned the Bible to the church, and it is currently on display in the church’s narthex.
The church was soon rebuilt and was used as a church and school.
In 1897, the old structure was torn down and replaced; it was renamed Fort Donelson Memorial Methodist Church.
In 1948, fire destroyed the church again, and by 1951 the congregation was worshipping in a new brick building. The name became Fort Donelson Memorial United Methodist Church in 1968 when two denominations joined.
Over the years, numerous additions to the structure have been made to accommodate the spiritual, educational, charitable and social needs of a growing congregation.
In addition to regular worship services, including monthly communion, there are special services, active youth and children’s ministries, men’s and ladies’ groups, a diverse music ministry, and a number of outreach programs.
You are invited to make Fort Donelson Memorial United Methodist Church your church home, or, if you have a church home, come and visit us as often as you like, for services and/or one of our many activities!
We would love to see you!
8:45 am- Morning Praise Service
10:00 am- Sunday School
11:00 am- Morning Worship Service