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Farragut Folklife Museum

Julia Barham
Museum Coordinator

11408 Municipal Center Dr.
Farragut, TN  37934

Ph: (865) 966-7057

Monday - Friday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Museum Galleries

The Farragut Folklife 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 Folklife 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 Farragut Folklife Museum offers five membership levels. Click the Museum Membership Information link at the top left of this page to complete the form and mail with a check or stop by the Farragut Town Hall to complete the membership form and pay in person. Membership payments are also accepted on this website by clicking the Online Payments button on the far left side of the screen.

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 Manhattan Project: Secrets Revisited"

    In January, the Farragut Folklife Museum will open a special exhibit featuring items from a momentous time in our region’s history – the Manhattan Project. The exhibit – entitled “The Manhattan Project: Secrets Revisited” – will feature artifacts on loan from the private collection of Lloyd and Betty Stokes, as well as the American Museum of Science and Energy, Y-12 National Security Complex and K-25 in Oak Ridge.

    Items on loan from the Stokes will include newspaper articles and framed Life Magazines from the 1940s, which illustrate scenes from World War II including bombers, planes, personnel, enemy soldiers and more. They collected their Manhattan Project artifacts over the course of 69 years while living and working in Oak Ridge. Lloyd’s professional career spanned 40 years at Y-12, K-25 and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The exhibit will also highlight loaned artifacts and well-known Ed Wescott photographs taken during the Manhattan Project from the American Museum of Science and Energy as well as loaned artifacts from the Y-12 National Security Complex and K-25.

    The Manhattan Project was a research and development project that produced the first atomic bombs during World War II. Led by the United States with the support of the United Kingdom and Canada, the Manhattan Project began modestly in 1939 but grew in the 1940s to employ more than 130,000 people and cost nearly $2.2 billion (or nearly $26 billion in modern-day dollars). East Tennessee’s contribution to the Manhattan Project was established just across the Clinch River in what is now known as Oak Ridge, just a few miles from the Town of Farragut. Most citizens had no idea what was happening behind the fences and security surrounding this large tract of land (over 90 square miles) bought up literally overnight in late 1942, which would be used as the site for uranium enrichment and initial plutonium production for the atomic bombs. Approximately 3,000 local residents had two weeks to move off the land.

    Construction of the plants, as well as the new city called Oak Ridge, happened around the clock. Tens of thousands of workers were hired, and plans were made for about 13,000 occupants in the new city. This number rapidly escalated to over 75,000, causing many challenges for these citizens as they struggled to obtain housing and other basic needs. Secrecy was the government’s top priority, as the workers at the three plants (Y-12, K-25 and X-10) knew only enough to perform their jobs and were prohibited from discussing them outside of work.

    In early 1945, sufficient quantities of enriched uranium and plutonium were produced for atomic bombs. The first plutonium bomb “test explosion” took place in the New Mexico desert in July 1945. After Hitler’s defeat in June 1945, the war moved to Japan. In early August, bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki, therefore ending the war. Suddenly there was no need for secrecy, and 140,000 workers could talk about their jobs!

    The Manhattan Project existed until 1947, when it was dissolved and replaced by the Atomic Energy Commission, known today as the Department of Energy (DOE). DOE owns and operates national laboratories and defense plants throughout the country, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory (known as X-10 during the war).
    With the end of World War II, many employees from Oak Ridge remained in this area, therefore causing a population increase in the Town of Farragut. This ultimately led to a change in the expectations of the parents and thus the curriculum offered at Farragut High School, which was adapted to include more college preparatory classes. The scientific development still happening today in Oak Ridge continues to play a crucial role in not only Oak Ridge’s economy and culture, but also in Farragut, Knoxville and the entire East Tennessee region.

    “The Manhattan Project: Secrets Revisited” will be on display Jan. 20 through May 2. Museum Committee member Steve Stow will give a special presentation on the Manhattan Project on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. The next special exhibit – “Honoring Our Veterans” – will open June 9 and run through Nov. 14 and will feature artifacts from various wars.

    Atoms in Appalachia: Secret City and Super Science - April 23, 6:30 p.m.

    The Farragut Folklife Museum will host a free historical presentation on the Manhattan Project – “Atoms in Appalachia: Secret City and Super Science” – on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Farragut Town Hall. “The Manhattan Project – Secrets Revisited” exhibit is on display in the museum through Friday, May 2.

    The presentation – led by Museum Committee member Steve Stow – will cover events leading up to the initiation of the Manhattan Project in 1942 and the overnight growth of facilities in Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, N.M. and Hanford, Wash. Termed the greatest achievement of the 20th century, the Manhattan Project was the government’s effort to design and construct the atomic bombs used to end World War II. This super-secret undertaking, headquartered in Oak Ridge, was successful in producing the bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. The Manhattan Project employed 140,000 people – all of whom were sworn to secrecy – and longer-term benefits of the Project are still being realized today. During the presentation, the history will be shown with over 90 photographs and told with fascinating side stories involving people who participated in the undertaking. 

    Beginning in 1980, Steve Stow worked in many capacities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and later served as director of the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE), which is operated by UT-Battelle in Oak Ridge, from 2003 until his retirement in 2006. Prior to joining ORNL, Steve was a geology professor at the University of Alabama and worked for Continental Oil Company and the U.S. Bureau of Mines. He is the author/co-author of over 70 publications and is active in numerous professional organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Vanderbilt University and a master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Rice University in geochemistry.