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Farragut Folklife Museum

Farragut Folklife Museum

Julia Barham
Museum Coordinator

11408 Municipal Center Dr.
Farragut, TN  37934

Ph: (865) 966-7057

Monday - Friday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Museum Galleries

The Farragut Folklife 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 November 16, 1863. Also dedicated in 2010, the Farragut Memorial Plaza features a life-plus sized bronze statue by sculptor Linda Rankin, 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 Campbell Station Park 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 Folklife 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, many of which reflect the nature of the museum. Also available in the gift shop are Farragut flags and gift items, local and Civil War history books, a variety of children's toys, and handmade items from local crafts persons, including beaded jewelry and pottery. 

Museum Memberships
The 2014 membership drive will begin in July! The museum offers five membership levels. Click the Museum Membership Information link at the top left of this page to complete the form and mail with a check or stop by the Farragut Town Hall to complete the membership form and pay in person. Membership payments are also accepted on this website in our Online Form Center

Staff & Volunteers
A professional museum coordinator, in collaboration with a volunteer committee, is responsible for fundraising, exhibits, and museum and gift shop staffing. In addition, the museum arranges special events throughout the year. Those interested in arranging a group tour or becoming a museum docent or gift shop host should call (865) 966-7057.

    Upcoming Special Exhibits and Events

    "Hearth and Home: Through the Years"

    Beginning Dec. 1, the Farragut Folklife Museum will feature a new special exhibit – “Hearth and Home: Through the Years.” This exhibit will be on display through May 29, 2015.

    The exhibit will showcase interesting artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection that have not been displayed in many years or have never been on display. Spanning numerous decades, featured items include personal household items such as electronics, tools, clothes, hats and hat boxes, children’s toys, and more. In addition, the vignette in the Doris Woods Owens Gallery will display furniture and household items from an 1890s-era bedroom. 

    Black History Month Event: "Fostering Dreams Toward Future Success"

    The Farragut Folklife Museum will host a free event in honor of Black History Month on Sunday, Feb. 22 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Farragut Town Hall.

    The theme for this year’s celebration is “Fostering Dreams Toward Future Success.” The event will include a reception at 2 p.m. and a 3 p.m. presentation. 

    Speakers will include Dr. Jacob Savage – president of Knoxville College – and Shirley Clowney – collector and historian on black inventors. A Community Service Award will be presented to Bill Valentine, founder of the entertaining and informative one-man act entitled “The Buffalo Soldier.” Mr. Valentine presented this lecture at no charge to bring history alive in local schools, churches, colleges and civic organizations. The reception will feature music by local musician Deborah Henry, museum tours and light refreshments. The museum will also highlight Black History Month with special displays in the Town Hall Rotunda the week of Feb. 16 during regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is sponsored in part by the Alpha Xi Chapter of the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. 

    The Farragut Folklife Museum is committed to preserving the heritage of its East Tennessee community and features a remarkable collection of artifacts from the area, including an extensive collection of the personal belongings of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, first Admiral of the U.S Navy and hero of the Civil War. Housed in the Farragut Town Hall located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive, the museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers free admission. For more information about the event, please contact Museum Coordinator Julia Barham at or 966-7057.