KNOXVILLE, Tn.(WV LT)--Farragut has its own museum where relics of the past come alive to tell the story of how the town became an affluent part of East Tennessee
The history of the town is encompassed in three galleries. It all started in the 1700's.
Malcolm Shell, is a Farragut Historian.
"It was originally called Campbell's Station and it was settled by four cousins from Augusta County, Virginia".
In fact one of the original houses was built by Colonel David Campbell in 1787 two years before Washington became President.
At the Folk Life Museum you'll see remnants of the past like a logbook that came out of the Campbell Inn. In 1787 a room cost 35 cents a night. The most famous person to stay there was King Phillipe of France.
On another wall the history of Farragut High School, and a little known fact.
"I didn't remember President Reagan went to Farragut High School and sat in on one off the classes there, that was 1983 I believe".
There's even Reagan's hot line to the White House.
"So when you talk about Farragut you're talking about an Admiral, right? He was the first Admiral in the U.S. Navy. He was born here in 1801,
lived here until he was 9 years old. he was orphaned and adopted by the Porter family".
Later in life he took on the titles of Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral and Four Star Admiral.
Farragut is an Hispanic name. His father emmigrated here and served with the U.S. Navy. You can see a replica of David Glasgow Farragut's ship, The U.S. Hartford, his writing desk and the most prized possession of all, the original letter commissioning Farragut into the Navy as a Midshipman. It shows Farragut's birth in 1801 and his commission in 1810-yes he was only 9 years old!
The museum also showcases the Battle of Campbell Station in the Civil War.
There's an encampment display as it would have been in the 1860's and many artifacts found where expensive subdivisions now sit.
The casualty count was about a thousand men.
The Farragut Folk Life Museum is a treasure chest of artifacts and photographs of eras gone by just waiting for you to explore.
It's located in the Town Hall and is free of charge.
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