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 Academy Summer History Camp
The 20th year of Polk Academy summer history camp will include two one-week sessions: June 26-30 and July 17-21. Children who have just completed grades 3, 4, and 5 are eligible to attend. Enrollment is full for the June week, but we are still accepting campers for the July week.
Polk Home director John Holtzapple will present the free public program "Summer Road Trip: James K. Polk's 1847 Tour of the Northeast" at 7 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church adjacent to the Polk Sisters' House.
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…
Special Exhibit Commemorates Polk Home Bicentennial
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Polk Home’s construction, the original exhibit “West to Prosperity: The Polk Home at 200” shows how the Polks and other frontier families transformed Tennessee wilderness and canebrakes into thriving farms and growing towns. The exhibit features period artifacts including a Conestoga wagon and re-created historical scenes such as a law office and a blacksmith shop.
Please call (931) 388-2354 for information regarding Polk Presidential Hall exhibits.
The James K. Polk Home and Museum is located at 301 W. 7th Street in downtown Columbia, TN.
Free parking is available in the lot across 7th Street or along High Street on the east side of the main house.