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.
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.
Very affordable for a tour. Staff is patient, professional, and very polite. Lots of interesting facts about our 11th president.
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
Visited this place for trail walk. Sugar creek trail extended till this place. This new trail connects from this historical place to i485 which further goes till Tyvola road. This is really nice trail. And this place is good for walking and biking. The historic visitor center is also good for the kids to visit.
My family and I had a lovely tour with Michelle today. We loved that Michelle was able to explain the history in a way that kept us adults entertained, as well as all the young children on the tour. Until today, I didn't know anything about President Polk and his life. The museum is wonderful and the grounds around the museum are great for walking, biking and picnicking. I look forward to coming back with friends.