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Friends of the Farragut Museum (New Membership Program)

The Farragut Museum revamped its membership program in 2016! Friends of the Farragut Museum will be an annual renewal program offering five levels with various benefits. 

Support from the Friends of the Farragut Museum will be essential to preserving the heritage of the Farragut community and of its namesake Admiral David Glasgow Farragut. Community members can become a friend any time during the year. This tax deductible donation is accompanied by benefits at the various levels such as a quarterly e-newsletter, members-only exhibit previews, acknowledgement in the museum, special gift and more. Friend levels range from $10 to $500-plus. To join online, click here , where you will be asked to create a simple account before choosing your friend level. To sign up in person or by mail, print the form by clicking the Museum Membership Information link at the top left of this page. Forms are also available at Town Hall.

 
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 Nov. 16, 1863. Also dedicated in 2010, the Farragut Memorial Plaza features a life-plus sized bronze statue, 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 Founders Park at Campbell Station 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, including gift items; local and Civil War history books; "The Hidden Battlefield" DVDs (WBIR's The Heartland Series); a variety of children's toys; and handmade items from local crafts persons. 


Staff & Volunteers

A professional Historic Resources Coordinator, in collaboration with a volunteer committee, is responsible for exhibits, fundraising and museum and gift shop staffing. In addition, the museum hosts special events throughout the year. Those interested in arranging a group tour or becoming a volunteer should call Julia Barham at (865) 218-3377.

Upcoming Special Exhibits and Events

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MAY 25 - AUGUST 27

The Farragut Museum will partner with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service to host a special exhibit titled “Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science.” This exhibition opens Thursday, May 25, and focuses on local ecosystems that face serious environmental challenges. It addresses the innovative solutions found by Native communities that combine traditional knowledge with science. The exhibition features stories of ecological and cultural restoration from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Tulalip Tribes, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and Native Hawaiians.

This special exhibition is open through August 27. The Museum, located inside Farragut Town Hall at 11408 Municipal Center Drive, is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as special weekend hours (to be determined) during the exhibition. As always, admission is free. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Historic Resources Coordinator Julia Barham at jbarham@townoffarragut.org or 966-7057.

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