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President James K. Polk State Historic Site


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The President James K. Polk State Historic Site is located on 21 of the original 150 acres given to Samuel Polk and his bride Jane Knox after their marriage in 1794. The Polk Family lived on the land until 1806, moving when James was 11 to the Duck River Valley in Tennessee.

The site now consists of a visitor center, with a self-guided museum and film, historic log cabins, a nature trail, a family cemetery, and the original monument erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution at the site. Guided tours of the historic area are conducted daily. The site is also a wonderful place to enjoy the tranquil beauty of nature just off the highway. Walk our short nature trail, take advantage of the picnic area, and explore the family cemetery with beautifully-carved tombstones from the 18th century.

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Diana Freytag

a year ago

Went in for a music and dance event. It was fun but way too warm, and not enough shadow. They had live folk music, food, beer and games for the kids. It was nice . We also visit the little space where there is an exhibition about president Polk. I found the exhibition not very informative, I couldnt follow a history line easily. I wish they had people making guide visits . The parking was $5 per car , and we didnt had to pay to enter. People were very nice. There was 2 cabins on is possible to see how people lived back then .


John Jannotti

2 months ago

It is a small site, but worth visiting. The folks in the visitor center were friendly and very knowledgeable. I learned a little bit about an under appreciated president and bought a few things from the gift shop.


Rachael Lania

4 months ago

Very beautiful path to walk and a little water to enjoy, with a little rapids area. Found a baby turtle. Cool historic info in the museum. Very fun and beautiful.


David Grasso

5 months ago

Having gates closed on the weekend is very silly since now we have to park next door and cut through the woods to reach the public greenway. Who actually thought this was a good idea? As far as historical sites go, it's not even that good. Went once and never went back.


Hernie Badlightning

2 months ago

Great, Lovely little place, Nicest staff I've ever met, Very neat artifacts and interactive exhibits, Overall wonderful experience.

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