Farragut Museum


Special Exhibits and Events

Farragut Museum Features Battle of Campbell Station Exhibit
On exhibit through June 15, 2018

A new special exhibit - The Battle of Campbell Station - features items from the personal collection of local community member Gerald Augustus, including artifacts from the battle, fought Nov. 16, 1863 on the land surrounding the Farragut Town Hall.

Special Exhibit: Honoring Our Veterans
Coming this July!

On July 2, the Farragut Museum will unveil a very special exhibit which will showcase paintings by local artist Alexander Dumas. Visitors will also be able to view artifacts from various branches of the military and numerous wars, including the Korean War, Vietnam War, World War I and II, and Desert Storm. This exhibit will be on display through January 4, 2019.

Dumas was born in Detroit, Mich., and started painting on his 27th birthday. Serving in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1949 and as a Hospital Corpsman at the University of Virginia from 1949-1953 gave Alex a unique perspective on war. As a WWII veteran, the images of young men suffering from the wounds of war have stayed with the artist for a lifetime. While he did not see combat, many of his patients came back to the States with wounds that would be considered horrific under any circumstance. His wartime paintings are based on combat photographs.

Dumas spent 16 years as a member of the Tennessee State Guard, retiring with the rank of Major. His paintings are on exhibit at the Tennessee Theatre, the East Tennessee Historical Society and the USS Tennessee Battleship Museum, among other places. He currently teaches a painting class at Strang Senior Center in Knoxville.

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.

Friends of the Farragut Museum

Friends of the Farragut Museum is 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 $1000. 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, open the form by clicking here and print. 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. For more information about the museum or to schedule a group tour contact Historic Resources Coordinator Julia Barham at (865) 218-3377 or museum@townoffarragut.org.

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