Farragut Folklife Museum and Gift Shop
The Farragut Folklife Museum is a treasure chest of artifacts and photographs. One of the features 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 galleries also exhibit artifacts pertaining to the history of 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.
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 Admiral Farragut 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.
The Farragut Folklife Museum and Gift Shop are located in the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. Admission to the museum is free – hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those interested in arranging a group tour or becoming a museum docent or gift shop host should call (865) 966-7057. Museum information and special event updates are available at townoffarragut.org/museum and on Facebook (Farragut Folklife Museum). In addition, many special events are held at the Museum throughout the year.