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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

10 months 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 .


Tilly Lo

a month 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.


Isaiah Washington

3 months ago

There's probably nothing wrong with this place but went here during a work bike ride in the trail. Which the trail is amazing, definitely go on the trail that leads to this place. Anyway, it's not much to see, I'm black so there's not really anything of interest for me other than he had 4 slaves.... If you don't have anything else to do, sure why not



a week ago

The history, the legacy, and the memories. What more can you ask for. One of the best rewinds


Courtnie Weaver

5 months ago

This is a really fun place to go, especially if you want to walk around and learn about the past. We spent a little over an hour there but we did not hike any trails. They have a cute little museum with all sorts of fun old times games! I would definitely come back to walk the trails!!

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