Special Exhibits and Events
Farragut Museum Now Offers Weekend Hours
Special Extended Hours
- 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15
- 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, August 19
- 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 21, in conjunction with the Admiral Farragut presentation at 6:00 p.m.
- 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 16
Special Exhibit: Honoring Our Veterans
July 2 - January 11, 2019
Visit the museum to see a very special exhibit that showcases paintings by local artist Alexander Dumas – now a collection owned by the Museum. Visitors will also be able to view artifacts from numerous wars on loan from Gerald and Sandra Augustus.
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 MuseumFriends 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.
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.