Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Why preserve this birthsite as a memorial to Admiral Farragut?

It makes sense to preserve this site for many reasons.
  • David Glasgow Farragut was the first full admiral of the United States Navy. He is recognized around the world as one of the great Naval leaders of all time. There are 13 Naval museums in the country, but none are located in Tennessee--the state of his birth.
  • Admiral Farragut was also proud to proclaim his Hispanic ancestry. His father, Jorge Farragut, was a Spanish merchant captain from Minorca and the son of Antoni Farragut and Joana Mesquida. Admiral Farragut’s father joined the American Revolutionary cause after arriving in America in 1776. He then married Elizabeth Shine (b.1765 - d.1808) from North Carolina and moved west to Tennessee.
  • Tourism benefits would enhance the local economy. Tourism is one of Tennessee's largest industries, providing a $13.3 billion direct economic impact and generating over $1 billion annually in state and local sales tax revenue for the past four years. In 2010, Knox County was the fourth-largest tourism revenue county in the state and received $812 million from U.S. travelers. This county benefited from more than $280 million in payroll and 9,400 jobs.
  • The land where Farragut was born has been farmed for more than 200 years but otherwise has not been extensively developed.The waterfront is owned by the county and is part of the public park system.
  • The area also is likely to contain Native American artifacts because it was heavily populated by Cherokee and Creek Indians at the time of Admiral Farragut's birth. Farragut wrote, "I remember that on one occasion, during my father's absence, a party of Indians came to our house, which was somewhat isolated, and that my mother, who was a brave and energetic woman, barred the door in a most effectual manner, and sent all of us trembling little ones up into the loft, while she guarded the entrance with an axe." (Loyall Farragut, Life of David Glasgow Farragut.) In fact, the Tennessee Valley Authority, which controls the waterfront border at the Farragut birthplace, has determined that the location has a “high potential” for historic and prehistoric archaeological resources.
  • A large collection of Farragut’s letters and papers are held by the University of Tennessee Special Collections Library, just 10 miles east of the birthsite.
  • The town of Farragut, which was named after the Admiral and incorporated only 30 years ago, is located 5 miles northwest of the birthsite. The Farragut Town Hall contains a small museum, and the grounds contain a larger-than-lifesize bronze statue of Admiral Farragut that was dedicated in May 2010. Many original documents signed by Admiral Farragut's father, as well as personal items that belonged to the Admiral, are on display in the museum.
  • The site is .7 miles from a major interstate exit in one of the most rapidly growing parts of Knox County. 
  • The Admiral's birthplace is located within a few miles of several of the state's top K-12 schools, and the population of young families is expanding so rapidly that a new elementary school is scheduled to be built less than 1/2 mile away from the Farragut birthplace in a planned live/work community called Northshore Town Center.


brd said...

You are doing a great thing here. Loved your post on PreservationNation also. That was really nicely written. Full speed ahead!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for info, I am always looking for something interesting on the Internet, i want to send
photos for your blog

Anonymous said...

Great idea, Mimi L. out in California put me onto your website.

Of interest to you is that we are in development right now in South Carolina on a documentary about Spain, Hispanics, and South Carolina in the American Revolution. Jorge Farragut is a major character in this film. I would like to come out when we get some funding and film some b-roll of the site there in Tenn. Hopefully this will help you out.

This whole project is a spin-off of a larger, more comprehensive Bernardo Galvez documentary we are developing for National Public TV. And of course Jorge Farragut is a major part of the story.

Ex Producer Thomas, New Albion Pictures

Anonymous said...

Thanks, your website has