STEWART COUNTY


A monument at Fort Donelson

County Seat: Dover
Fort
Donelson
, near Dover, was the site of the first major Union victory in the Civil War. The Battle of Fort Donelson left the city of Nashville wide open to invasion by the Union Army; it also established Ulysses S. Grant's reputation and gave him the nickname "Unconditional Surrender." Click here for a virtual tour of the battlefield.
 


Bear Spring Furnace, in Stewart County
Stewart County is also known for its early iron industry. From 1828 until the 1850s, iron mining and smelting took place at a pace unmatched in the South; today there are still remnants of this early iron industry in Stewart County.
The most intriguing remnant of the iron industry is called Bear Springs Furnace, which you can see right on the side of the highway!


And here's the Stewart County Courthouse.