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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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Tilly Lo

a year ago

The house where Pres James Polk was born in is no longer here, replaced by a Stine monument marking the spot. There are a few log homes and a garden with historic signs on this property. If you have a bike, recommend bring it and explore the bike Greenway trail. It is paved, looks well maintained and used by several cyclists that I have encountered. This property is not big. Dogfriendly . I didn't go in the visitor's center, but I'm sure most of the info on history of Pres Polk is in there.


Maria Georgiou

5 months ago

Very affordable for a tour. Staff is patient, professional, and very polite. Lots of interesting facts about our 11th president.


Dana Pederson

5 months ago

Interesting historical place to visit. Easy parking, free to visit. Nice experience with my son



3 months ago

The visitor center has a very good display that gives you quite a bit of background on both Polk and his presidency. Wonderful learning opportunity. And the staff here was fantastic. Very knowledgeable as I asked some questions that weren't covered by the displays. The park itself is nice with samples of cotton and tobacco growing in the garden. The buildings are reconstructions and not the actual buildings. But it was well worth the visit


Don Pennington

a month ago

Wonderful little museum, beautiful collaboration of artifacts and literal facts from the era of President Polk's life. I would recommend, if you like history , then that is a very very nice place to go. Also it is free to explore. Good family adventure

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