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farragut community center

239 jamestown blvd.

farragut, tn 37934

865-966-7057

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FARRAGUT MUSEUM

farragut museum

 

The Farragut Museum is a treasure chest of artifacts and photographs that 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, and was the first commissioned admiral of the United States Navy. He is best known for saying, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead," during the Battle of Mobile Bay on Aug. 5, 1864. 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. There is also a gallery dedicated to rotating special exhibits. 

 

The Frances L. Abel Gift Shop inside the museum features a variety of unique items, including local and Civil War history books, crafts, toys and “The History of Concord & Farragut,” a documentary commissioned by the Farragut Museum committee.

 

A professional historic resources coordinator, along with a volunteer committee, is responsible for exhibits, fundraising, and museum and gift shop staffing. For more information about the museum or to schedule a group tour, contact Julia Barham at 865-218-3377 or museum@townoffarragut.org.

 

Admission to the museum is free. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Timeless Toys

The Bill Dunlap gallery in the Farragut Museum features rotating special exhibits. The current exhibit is “Timeless Toys,” which features toys, mostly from the 1950s and 1960s, that are on loan from volunteers or are part of the museum’s extensive collection. Kids will giggle at what was considered entertaining back then, but grandparents will remember the toys fondly. The exhibit is on display through early 2020.

A new exhibit chronicling the founding of the Town, "Farragut at Forty: Celebrating 40 Years of History," opens Thursday, April 2. 

Friends of the Farragut Museum

 

Friends of the Farragut Museum is an annual sponsorship program. Friend levels range from $10 to $1,000, and benefits include exhibit previews, acknowledgement in the museum, a special gift and more. To join online, click here, where you will be asked to create a simple account before choosing your friend level. Your donation is tax-deductible. Support from the Friends of the Farragut Museum is essential to preserving the heritage of the Farragut community and its namesake, Admiral David Glasgow Farragut.

Lifetime Members

Mary Alton
Anne Balitsaris
Michael & Mary Bates
Judge & Mrs. David Creekmore
Dr. Jeffrey & Barbara Crist
Mary Beth Duncan
Mayor Eddy & Linda Ford
Joel & Sandy Garber
Donna Hawn
Shirley Hembree
Richard & Bobbie Himes

John & Susan Hoffman
Doug & Brenda Horne
Marie Leonard
Bob & Sandy Linsell
Gary & Martha North
Doris & Charlie Owens
Doug and Julia Olds

John Schoonmaker - Knox Co. Commission
Dr. Bill & Lillian Swan

Patrons 

Kelly Davis Duisen
Dr. David and Ginger Fox
Lee E. Fritts
Sheridan & Shirley Greaser
Richard & Beverley Hammond
Dee Henning
Gene and Barbara Irwin
Thomas Koepp
Lou & Dot LaMarche
Dr. Joe Manning - The Eye Group
Gordon & Patricia Michaels
Ron and Debbie Pinchok
Thomas, Carol and David Rosseel
Malcolm L. Shell
Ed & Darlene St. Clair
Lloyd & Betty Stokes
Carla Werner

Sustainers

Gerald & Mary McFee Alton

Sandra Dean
Betty & Jeremy Dick
Jack & Shirley Draper
Arthur & Roswitha Haas
Michael A. Karnitz
Charles & Sandy Kuykendall
Julia A. Luna
Kay Luttrell
Ann Owens
Dr. Reuben & Barbara Pelot
Dwight & Marilyn Ramsay
Marty Rodgers
John & Kathleen Sinclair
Sue & John Stuhl
Paul & Helen Swan
Samuel & Linda Taylor
Edwin & Valerie Whiting
Ron & TC Williams
Bob & Linda Wimbrow

Contributors

Gene Akers
John & Dixie Andrews
Clare Ansink
Janet Bigelow
Jane Black
Gerald & Carla Blossom
Donna Bondurant
Loretta Bradley
Elaine & Fred Clarke
Carl Max Cruse
Julia A. Luna
Bill & Doris Glenn
W. Kenneth & Pam Hall
William Hopwood
Allen & Mary Lutz
Edwin A. Meeks, Sr., M.D.
Joyce Moran
Barbara Murphy
Jean Rosenbaum
Brenda & Jeff Russell
Michael K. Schaffer
Stan Sech
Carolyn Sinclair
Mona Isbell Smith
Jack L. Spiceland

campbell station inn

 

The Town purchased the Campbell Station Inn and the surrounding 2.26 acres in 2012 because of the site's rich history and prominent location. Now that exterior restoration of the Campbell Station Inn is complete, plans are underway for construction of a beautiful, park-like area surrounding the historic building. The design includes two new entrance drives, a parking area and restroom building, as well as open lawns with landscaping and interpretive signage. Once this project is completed, it will be a community gathering place and a source of pride for Farragut. 

The new plaza at the Campbell Station Inn is expected to be completed by summer 2020. For more information on current parks and engineering projects, click here.

farragut memorial plaza

 

Dedicated in 2010, the Farragut Memorial Plaza features a life-plus sized bronze statue of Admiral David Farragut, Civil War era cannons on loan from the U.S. Naval Yard, and historical markers with information about Farragut's life. A Civil War Trails Historical Marker on the grounds of Farragut Town Hall commemorates the Battle of Campbell Station, which was fought on surrounding land on Nov. 16, 1863.