School Groups

For school field trips, the Polk Home’s staff will work with teachers to develop tours that relate to class studies.

Click here or
call (931) 388-2354
for more information.

Polk Academy History Summer Camp

For over fifteen years, the Polk Home has hosted “Polk Academy”, a summer camp for children entering 4th-6th grades. Your child will experience tasks and games that James K. Polk would have taken part in as a kid growing up on the Western Frontier! Read more

Polk’s America Lecture Series

Polk’s America is a free monthly lecture series that is open to the public. Each month a different speaker presents a program on a topic related to the first half of the 19th century. To see the 2013 schedule, click here.

Distance Learning for Teachers and Schools Classrooms

The Polk Home now offers online, interactive educational programs through teleconferencing. Now teachers and students can participate in a class with the Polk Home’s Curator on James K. Polk, Polk and Slavery, and Sarah Polk, with additional programs available soon. Our team can work with schools that have a Tandberg or Polycom unit, and can accommodate other options as well. The Polk Home staff is particularly interested in connecting to classrooms that cannot afford the cost or time of a trip to the Polk Home. For more information, click here or contact Curator Tom Price at (931) 388-2354.

Free Community Outreach

The Polk Home offers free outreach programs for local nursing homes and senior citizen centers. Our staff members also serve as guest speakers for area civic organizations. To schedule a program, call (931) 388-2354.


Educational Resources

Lesson plans, educational activities and links for further reading are available here.


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.

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