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The Farragut Museum has purchased a sofa that was designed for the captain’s cabin on the USS Hartford. Farragut, the first rear admiral, vice admiral and admiral of the U.S. Navy, commanded the Union fleet from the Hartford during the pivotal Battle of Mobile Bay on Aug. 5, 1864.
The couch was purchased in August after a representative of the family that owned the artifact reached out to the Town. It was rescued and restored by Franklin Drake, Captain of Mare Island Navy Yard, when the Hartford was dismantled. Drake kept the sofa until his death in 1929, and it passed through two other families before being acquired by the museum. It was purchased with funds collected through the Friends of the Museum program and donations from museum visitors.
The Admiral’s sofa is currently on display in the Farragut Museum as part of a vignette designed to replicate his cabin aboard the Hartford. Other artifacts include a wall panel from the ship and his writing desk.
The Farragut Museum, located inside Farragut Town Hall at 11408 Municipal Center Drive, is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
Incorporated in 1980, the Town of Farragut has top schools, safe neighborhoods and high development standards, making it one of the best places to live in the Southeast.