President James K. Polk State Historic Site
- Open Now
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.
It is sad to find out that the Log cabin isn't real rather looks like a replica and doesn't stand on the original site. When coming from Europe I do understand things are not that old, but at least it can be restored to capture authenticity. That the visitor is closed during covid crises was understandable.
What a great little treasure so close to Ballantyne! We did a tour and he walked us through the houses and was so knowledgeable. I absolutely loved the displays and seeing what life was like as a middle class farmer. I think it would have been cool to have a spindle with cotton to spin in the gift shop instead of wool, since they primarily grew cotton. Definitely come check out this historic site!
Really enjoyed this historical site, A lot to learn. Free as well!
Fine to visit if you're in the area and I wouldn't go too far out of my way to go there unless you were a big fan.
Great selection of events are held here. And taking a tour through the facilities really takes you back into time. I really enjoyed learning more about the Birthplace of President James K Polk and his family. There's even a small gift shop area inside ine of the buildings to have something to remember your visit. Great for a family outing and not spending much money at all.