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Farragut Folklife Museum
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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

    "Honoring Our Veterans"

    This June, the Farragut Folklife Museum opened a very special exhibit – “Honoring Our Veterans” – which features 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 Veteran’s Day – Tuesday, Nov. 11.

    The majority of the artifacts in the exhibit were donated to the museum by the U.S. Naval Reserve Center in Knoxville in 2013. Other items are on loan from museum committee members as well as Major Brian Tobler, who served the United States Special Operations in Iwo Jima, Desert Storm and Iraq. 

    Featured artifacts include pilot suits from the Korean War and World War II, as well as various uniform items, such as boots, hats, backpacks, canteens and more. An MRE – Meals Ready to Eat – and a LRP – Long Range Patrol Food Rations – similar to those used in the Vietnam War are on display. Museum visitors can also see a first aid kit, field phone and wireless radio set from World War II. 

    The Farragut Folklife Museum Committee will host a special reception on Veteran’s Day – the final day of the exhibit – from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the museum. Local veterans are invited to attend to be honored, view the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments.