Farragut Museum

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Museum Galleries

The Farragut Museum is a treasure chest of artifacts and photographs, which tell the history of the Farragut and Concord communities. One of the highlights of the museum is the Admiral David Glasgow Farragut collection. Admiral Farragut was born in this area on July 5, 1801.

Farragut was the first commissioned admiral of the United States Navy and is best known for his statement, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." This nationally sought after collection houses artifacts that cannot be seen anywhere else such as Farragut's personal china, uniform ornamentation, family photographs, manuscripts, letters of interest, and a large collection of scrimshaw.

The museum also exhibits artifacts pertaining to the history of local schools, churches, the Farragut and Concord communities, and the Civil War. In addition to the permanent displays, the museum has a gallery dedicated to rotating special exhibits.

Admission to the Museum is free.

Memorial Plaza & Civil War Trails Marker
In 2010, a Civil War Trails Historical Marker was dedicated on the grounds of the Farragut Town Hall to commemorate the Battle of Campbell Station fought on surrounding land on November 16, 1863. Also dedicated in 2010, the Farragut Memorial Plaza features a life-plus sized bronze statue by sculptor Linda Rankin, Civil War era cannons on loan from the U.S. Naval Yard, and historical markers with information about Admiral Farragut's life.

Community Heritage Trail
A Capital Investment Program project, the Community Heritage Trail features 11 signs throughout Campbell Station Park which highlight the historical milestones of the Farragut and Concord areas from the earliest American Indian inhabitants to the founding of the Town of Farragut. The project began as an initiative by Mayor Ralph McGill and was realized by a volunteer group comprised of Farragut Museum committee members as well as community members who worked for more than 18 months researching and compiling information and photos for the signs.

Gift Shop
The Frances L. Abel Gift Shop features a variety of unique items, many of which reflect the nature of the museum. Also available in the gift shop are Farragut flags and gift items, local and Civil War history books, a variety of children's toys, and handmade items from local crafts persons, including beaded jewelry and pottery.
Museum Memberships
The 2016 membership drive will begin in July 2016!
To get a mid year museum membership click the Museum Membership Information link at the top left of this page. Download and complete the form and mail with a check or stop by the Farragut Town Hall to complete the membership form and pay in person.

Staff & Volunteers
A professional museum coordinator, in collaboration with a volunteer committee, is responsible for fundraising, exhibits, and museum and gift shop staffing. In addition, the museum arranges special events throughout the year. Those interested in arranging a group tour or becoming a museum docent or gift shop host should call (865) 966-7057.

Upcoming Special Exhibits and Events
The Farragut Farmers Exhibit
The Farragut Museum is hosting a special exhibit, “The Farragut Farmers,” January 18 – May 27, 2016. As late as the early seventies, the Farragut area was a sprawling rural community dotted with beautiful farmlands. This exhibit will feature artifacts related to farming in the area, photographs of barns and landmarks and information about Farragut Schools and their agricultural background.
The Farragut Museum is committed to preserving the heritage of its East Tennessee community and features a remarkable collection of artifacts from the area, including an extensive collection of the personal belongings of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, first Admiral of the U.S Navy and hero of the Civil War. Housed in the Farragut Town Hall located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive, the museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers free admission. For more information about the event, please contact Museum Coordinator Julia Barham at 966-7057.

Farragut Museum Black History Month Event – “Honoring Service and Talent”
Sunday, Feb. 21. 2 PM: Reception. 3 PM: Presentation. Cost: Free – no registration required. Bill Valentine will bring history alive with the entertaining and informative one-man act entitled “The Buffalo Soldier.” The reception will feature art from local artist Gwendolyn Campbell Johnson, museum tours and refreshments.

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