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FARRAGUT MUSEUM

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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.

 

Museum hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please email museum@townoffarragut.org if you have questions regarding hours, safety requirements or exhibitions.
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Admiral David Farragut:

from the permanent collection

The Bill Dunlap gallery in the Farragut Museum features rotating special exhibits.

The current exhibition features items from the Museum's permanent collection of Admiral David Farragut artifacts that are too fragile to keep on permanent display. These include documents and photos, such as a rare family photo of Farragut on vacation with his wife and son and a photo album presented to Farragut by officers on the U.S.S. Hartford after the Battle of Mobile Bay.

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. Phase 3 of the renovation of the property, the creation of Mayor Ralph McGill Plaza, was completed in late 2020. It will soon be available for public rental.

The next phase of improvements will be deciding on a future use for the inn and restoring the interior to suit the new use. Feedback for the future use of the inn was solicited from the public via two open houses and social media in winter of 2019.

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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.