Fort Pillow State Park

Henning, Tennessee

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About the Park

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.

The 1,642 acre Fort Pillow is known for its well-preserved breastworks and reconstructed inner fort. The park’s museum offers Civil War artifacts including a canon and interpretive displays relating to the history of Fort Pillow. There is a 12 minute video on the 1864 Battle shown by request as well as tours of the museum and restored fortifications. The museum is open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Fort Pillow State Park

Visitor Center / Museum

3122 Park Road
Henning, TN 38041
731-738-5581

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Museum (7 days a week) Closed Thanksgiving, Chistmas Eve and Christmas Day

Park Office

3122 Park Road
Henning, TN 38041
731-738-5581

8 AM to 4:30 PM Park Office Monday through Friday

Visitor Center

35.6403, -89.8365