Monday, November 8, 2010
Farragut's Birthplace is on the Knox Heritage List of Most Endangered Places
From a Knox Heritage Press Release:
The birthplace of Civil War hero and America's first Navy Admiral David Farragut is visible today because of a historical marker dedicated there in 1900 by Admiral George Dewey. Admiral Dewey was a hero of the Spanish America War who served with Farragut during the Battle of Mobile Bay and admired him greatly. The marker was donated by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The home where Farragut was born disappeared long ago and only archeological evidence is believed to remain, but the site is likely one of Knox County's most nationally significant places. The marker and the site of the birthplace are on land owned by Farragut's father in the 1790s when he operated a ferry at Stoney Point, later known as Lowe's Ferry. Despite Farragut's national prominence and the enthusiasm displayed for his birthplace at the turn of the last century, the site had all but slipped into obscurity until a proposed residential development threatened to destroy it. Although public access is guaranteed to the former ferry landing along the waterfront property owned by Knox County, the site of Farragut's birth is on land slated for residential development that could block access to the site and destroy archaeological evidence of Farragut's birth and youth.
Knox Heritage seeks to work with the current property owner and Knox County government to enhance public access to this highly significant historic site while providing a positive impact for the residential development. By combining the resources of preservationists, Knox County, TVA and the property owner, the Farragut birthplace can achieve the level of prominence it deserves in this community.