James K. Polk expanded the borders of the United States to the Pacific Ocean, added three states to the Union, started the Naval Academy, commissioned the Washington Monument, and issued the first postage stamp. Read More…
Docents with a passion for history and community lead individual or group tours daily.
The Polk Home offers special programs for a wide audience.
This museum hosts a series of original and traveling exhibits that relate to the U.S. Presidency and American culture during James K. Polk’s lifetime.
"Polk's America" Lecture Series
Dr. Timothy D. Johnson from Lipscomb University will present a free public program on his new book FOR DUTY AND HONOR: TENNESSEE'S MEXICAN WAR EXPERIENCE at 7 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church adjacent to the Polk Sisters' House. He will sign copies of the book afterward.
For more information on upcoming events or exhibits, please call (931) 388-2354.
See the Largest Collection of Polk Artifacts in the Country
Guests to the James K. Polk Home and Museum will enjoy a 30-minute docent-guided tour of the main house and a self-guided tour of the Polk Sisters’ House, gardens, kitchen building, and Polk Presidential Hall. Read more…
“A Right Happy Christmas”: Holidays in the Polks’ Era is on display in Polk Presidential Hall from November 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Featuring artifacts from the Polk Home’s collections including the Polk family Bible and White House china, the exhibition shows how the Polks and other Americans in the 1800s observed the holidays. Visitors can explore the 19th-century roots of many familiar Christmas traditions and learn how President and Mrs. Polk celebrated (or didn’t celebrate) the holidays in Tennessee and the White House.