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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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Gregg Austin

a week ago

Excellent for it's size... Very pleased with the curation and presentation and staff. Not the biggest or fanciest, but well done. Definitely worth a visit of about 2 hours.


april courson

2 months ago

Sweet, serene rustic home site on 22 wooded, gently rolling hills (of the family's original 150+ acres), just a few miles from bustling Charlotte! The birthplace of James K Polk (the buildings were reconstructed on the family's land, as the original buildings had been long gone.). Nice little museum. No admission charge, but donations welcome.


Benjamin F

2 months ago

Good historic site. Video , museum, small gift shop ,tour of very simple historic period buildings . Half hour to 45 min spent here. Great stop during travel, or local visit if you are in the area.


Mara Lambert

in the last week

Great afternoon visit . Learned so much from our docent. Interesting artifacts.


Lisa Weisgarber-trigg

4 months ago

Lots of good information in the museum. The staff was very knowledgeable. The guided tour is nice because you can go in the buildings. The guide provided a lot of extra information. No sidewalks out by the structures, so wear shoes that are ok for grass and some mud. There is a small nature trail available as well