The Farragut Museum will be closed beginning Tuesday, December 22 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 5.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Farragut Museum is currently offering limited hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
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.
Civil War Ships Cabin Vignette
Come by the museum to see the Civil War Ships Cabin which showcases several items that were owned and used by Admiral David Glasgow Farragut himself. Featuring Farragut’s actual desk that was on board his flag-ship the USS Hartford during the Battle of Mobile Bay, this special vignette exhibit is sure to be a favorite among visitors.
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.
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. For more information about the museum or to schedule a group tour contact Historic Resources Coordinator Julia Barham at (865) 218-3377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farragut Museum Committee
(Back) Holly Nehls, Gordon Michaels, Sam Liske, Carolyn Coker, Steve Stowe, Dee Henning, (front) Joyce Moran, Carolyn Sinclair, Libbie Haynes, Barbara Murphy and Linda Wimbrow.