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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.
Friends of the Farragut Museum
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 MarkerIn 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 TrailA 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 ShopThe 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.
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.
Staff & Volunteers
Upcoming Special Exhibits and Events
Farragut Museum Features "Vintage Kitchen" Exhibit
The Farragut Museum invites the community to visit our new special exhibit, The Vintage Kitchen. This exhibit will open on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, and will be on display through Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 (closed Dec. 24 and 25). This special exhibit will feature items from the Museum’s collection of artifacts as well as items belonging to Museum Committee members and volunteers.
The exhibit showcases a variety of antique kitchen items including plates, platters, waffle makers and more. A featured item is an antique stove that was previously housed in the Campbell Station Inn. Early metal stoves were used for laundry, heating, and cooking. Don’t miss this opportunity to see these fascinating vintage kitchen items!
New Civil War Ships Cabin Vignette Coming in October!
The museum will be making changes to our vignette area in the Doris Woods Owens Gallery. On October 23, 2017 we will be unveiling a Civil War Ships Cabin featuring 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.