Inside Farragut Town Hall, you’ll find local government workers, busy making life in Farragut one worth enjoying. Mixed in with all the happenings of Town Hall is a hidden gem - the Farragut Museum. One of the unique aspects of this town is the history that comes with it and is proudly displayed here.
Admiral David Glasgow Farragut was born in 1801 at Lowe’s Ferry on the Tennessee River, was the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and admiral in the United States Navy. He’s best known for saying, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” during the Battle of Mobile Bay on Aug. 5, 1864. The Farragut Museum is home to the largest collection of Admiral Farragut artifacts in the country; these artifacts beautifully describe the story of his life.
In addition to pieces of Admiral Farragut’s collection, the museum artfully tells the story of life in the Farragut/Concord area. Through pictures and memorabilia, visitors are taken down the path that has made our community the dynamic place it is today. Visitors are given the chance to see how our schools, churches and roads have grown, and how events like the Civil War have had a lasting impression on this town.
Surrounding Town Hall is an additional way to experience the history and culture that the Farragut Museum encompasses. Upon arrival to Town Hall, you will see Farragut Memorial Plaza, which comprises of Civil War-era cannons currently on loan from the U.S. Navy Yard, a bronze statue of Admiral Farragut, and a stone monument that formerly marked the Admiral’s birthplace. There is also a Civil War Trails marker which commemorates the Battle of Campbell Station.
The Farragut Museum just reopened for a new exhibit, “Hometown History: Concord and Farragut,” which tells the stories of those who came before us to make this place a home for all. In addition to this exhibit, the museum has commissioned Keith McDaniel to piece together the story of our town through film. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and admission is always free.