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BOMA approves Civil War trails marker

Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a Civil War trails marker at its meeting Thursday, July 9.

The trail marker was an idea of former Vice Mayor J. Michael Haynes.

“With the statue that we’re going to be placing next May of Admiral [David Glasgow] Farragut, the Battle of Campbell Station, and all the lovely exhibits in the Museum, this was important,” Parks and Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said.

The trail marker will be placed near Town Hall adjacent to the crosswalk to the planned Admiral Farragut memorial.

The marker will cost $1,100 with a $200 yearly maintenance fee, and will be placed by May 2010 when the Farragut Memorial is dedicated.

Verbage for the sign has not yet been decided.

The Board also approved changing the name of the Admiral Farragut Gallery in Farragut Folklife Museum to the Mary Nell McFee Gallery.

“Mary Nell McFee was the first curator … and was one of the members who brought the original collection together, which started as a Homecoming 1986 project, basically.

“The program was supposed to be disbanded after a month or two but was so popular, it became the impetus for the start of the Museum,” Stuhl said.

The gallery room will have another sign proclaiming the collection is the “Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Collection.”

The room will be dedicated at the Museum membership banquet Monday, Oct. 5.

The Board also approved the purchase of three sculptures for Campbell Station Park for $40,000.

“The three we are looking at [installing] right now are the bear, the turtle and the beaver. We chose those three because they are more indigenous to our area,” Pam Zigler, Beautification Committee representative, said.

The three pieces are part of a six-piece group sculpture, which would cost approximately $120,000 altogether.

Zigler said donations for more pieces would be welcome.

Eventually, the sculpture project will be expanded to all of the Town’s parks.


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