Farragut Square
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Neighborhood: Downtown
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  • Farragut North • 2 min walk
  • Farragut West • 2 min walk
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Daniel L
Apex, NC408 contributions
May 2021
It's just your average public square, has the statue in the center and some information around it, alongside some benches and green space.

Like all public places in DC during the COVID era, there are some homeless hanging around in the square, however this issue seems to plague Farragut less than the rest of the city. The people are fairly harmless and shouldn't pose much worry anyways.

Location is in a nice spot in the CBD near the West Side, so you will most likely come across it walking around the city near the National Mall.
Written May 23, 2021
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SamGuo2020
Beijing, China271 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
In the center of the square is a statue of David G. Farragut, a Union admiral in the American Civil War famous for rallying his fleet with the cry, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" He was the "First Admiral in the Navy." Its only inscription is "Farragut."[8] The statue was sponsored by an act of Congress, authorizing $20,000 on April 16, 1872. It was sculpted by Vinnie (Ream) Hoxie and dedicated April 25, 1881 by President James A. Garfield and First Lady Lucretia Garfield.
Written July 3, 2019
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Gooner10-8
Dublin, Ireland1,955 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
In my eyes at least, this is one of those "Forgotten Memorials" : Farragut was the very first Admiral of the U.S. Navy, and served with great distinction - to the degree that he is remembered, at least some people will refer to that apocryphal tale where he allegedly told a subordinate to ignore "Mines" (called "Torpedoes" in those days) in the path of his Naval Vessels : "Damn the Torpedoes - Full Steam Ahead", he allegedly said.

To-day, how many passers-by know anything about this determined and capable man? Moreover, it's surely an absolute minority who would realise that the impressive Statue we pass now, was dedicated in April 1881, by (20th) President James A. Garfield, who was assassinated on July 2nd of that same year - one of four U.S. Presidents murdered in Office (Lincoln, McKinley & John F. Kennedy were the others, by the way).

Anyway, I passed through the Square on a pleasant October day. It was looking a lot better-maintained than before, and the unseasonably good weather had brought out a fairly lightly-clad Lunchtime crowd - some were even eating their Lunch sitting-up at the base of the Statue of a man whose name they probably didn't even know!

I stopped, briefly, to recall Admiral Farragut, and, having removed my Jacket in response to the pleasant weather conditions, headed-on down towards Lafayette Square, and various "Attractions" beyond...
Written October 28, 2017
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC5,749 contributions
Sep 2019
Exiting the Farragut North Metro Station, I came across this small park or square. The hanging baskets planted with petunias are beautiful. Of course, located here is the big statue of a revolutionary leader, Farragut.

There are several benches here that one can use to sit down and relax. I spent several minutes here before proceeding with my walk towards other DC attractions located near by.
Written September 21, 2019
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shutterlab
Manasquan, NJ124 contributions
Jul 2018 • Business
A welcome contrast to the bustle of K street, and a soothing bit of nature to ease the morning commute, as well as a solemn memorial to a true patriot and hero, Admiral David (“Damn the torpedoes, full spent ahead!”) Farragut.
Written July 27, 2018
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Rose L
Brooklyn, NY236 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
If you are in DC weekdays,do go to Farragut square and try the food trucks.We tried Peruvian brothers amazing,we got the best ceviche I've had in the truck next door. Amazing tacos from one the taco trucks,also pulled pork which was do delicious.If you have a traveling partner its even better,each person can get one thing from the trucks and share...you get to hang out with all the people working around there that take lunch in the park.
Written May 1, 2015
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QuickWhitTravel
Washington DC, DC4,068 contributions
From a historic perspective, this is a great place. Look up Farragut on Wikipedia. From a practical perspective, pick up the blue, orange, or red lines here, enjoy the food trucks, and stay in the crosswalk. :)
Written April 12, 2015
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Gooner10-8
Dublin, Ireland1,955 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
On our trips to Washington DC, using the Metro's Red Line, we've often wondered where the name "Farragut" came from, and on our most recent visit this year, we finally found out!

Farragut Square is located just beside the "Farragut North" stop, bounded by K Street, 1 Street, 17th Street & Connecticut Avenue. It's a relatively small square, at the centre of a downtown busy commercial and business district.

At the heart of this reasonably well-maintained space stands a statue of David G. Farragut : he was an Admiral in the Union Navy during the Civil War, allegedly famous for rallying his fleet with the cry "Damn the torpedoes - full speed ahead" - certainly, a good story, anyway! Sponsored by an Act of Congress, the statue was dedicated in April 1881 by the unfortunate President James A. Garfield (he was assassinated just over 2 months later).

We passed through Farragut Square several times on our way to view The White House & surrounding area, and only now know the origins of its name : an Admiral, Torpedoes + an assassinated President were all involved - fascinating!
Written November 5, 2014
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Bill B
Bel Air, MD7,619 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Farragut Square/Park is well maintained and clean. A historical plaque provides information on Farragut's naval experience in the Civil War. There are plenty of benches, and since the square is surrounded by food trucks, it should be a nice place to enjoy lunch in good weather.
Written January 13, 2020
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Larry W
Rochester, NY21,294 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
We walked by and through this small park several times during our stay in DC.It is a nice, green area with park benches and nice statues to observe. I'd stay away from it after sundown, as the "patrons" seemed to get a little rougher, and several homeless folks were occupying the benches, but is was nice during the daytime.
Written July 8, 2019
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