Special Exhibits and Events
New Community History Video and Upcoming Special Exhibition: Hometown History: Concord and Farragut
The Farragut Museum is working on a very exciting change for its special exhibit gallery! The museum has commissioned Keith McDaniel to put together a film about the rich history of our area.
We will set up a viewing area in our Bill Dunlap Gallery to show the new film. In order to complete these exciting updates, the museum will be closed beginning Monday, Dec. 17.
In conjunction with the movie, we will feature a new special exhibit, Hometown History: Concord and Farragut, which will feature artifacts and photos from our permanent collection that reflect the everyday lives of the people who have called this area home. The museum will reopen at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31 for viewing of this new special exhibit and refreshments will be served. The film will premiere at 6 p.m.
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.
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 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 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 Trail
A 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.
The 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.
Staff & Volunteers
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. For more information about the museum or to schedule a group tour contact Historic Resources Coordinator Julia Barham at (865) 218-3377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farragut Museum Committee
(Back) Holly Nehls, Gordon Michaels, Sam Liske, Carolyn Coker, Steve Stowe, Dee Henning, (front) Joyce Moran, Carolyn Sinclair, Libbie Haynes, Barbara Murphy and Linda Wimbrow.
Friends of the Farragut Museum
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.
Thank you to all of our current Friends Supporters!
Kelly Davis Duisen
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