The James K. Polk Home

The James K. Polk Home is the only surviving residence of the 11th President of the United States*. This beautifully preserved American landmark is home to one of the finest Presidential collections in the nation, as well as period artifacts and authentic glimpses of life in the early 1800s in what was then America’s Western Frontier.

Polk’s presidency represents two remarkable stories: the story of his own unlikely rise from a sickly frontier youth to a powerful U.S. President, and the beginning of America’s westward expansion. During Polk’s single term, the United States grew from a coastal nation nestled between the Atlantic and the Appalachians to a continental country that reached the Pacific.

*Not including the White House

James K. Polk died just three months after leaving office, and First Lady Sarah Polk used her forty-two year widowhood to preserve her husband’s legacy. She took care of the objects that they collected during their lives together and bequeathed them to her descendants, who started the James K. Polk Memorial Association in 1924. Today, the Association works tirelessly to educate the public on one of the nation’s most successful presidents and care for the nationally significant collection of Polk artifacts that continues to attract thousands of visitors each year.

Today, the Association exists to share the story of one of the nation’s most successful presidents, to care for its nationally-significant collection of Polk artifacts, and to curate original exhibitions and programming that explores the dynamic era in which James K. Polk lived. 

Walk-in Tours Daily.

Join our knowledgeable docents to explore a pivotal time in U.S. history through the objects and stories of our 11th president.

No reservations required for individuals, families, and small groups! Groups of 10 or more, please call to schedule.

Polk Home Staff

Candice Candeto - Polk Home Curator

Candice Roland Candeto

Curator & Interim Executive Director

Candice Roland Candeto joined the staff in 2018 and oversees interpretation and collections. A graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, the University of Mary Washington, and the Virginia Association of Museum’s Museum Management program, Candice enjoys creating meaningful interactions between visitors and historic objects.

Thomas Samuel - Polk Home Historian

Thomas Samuel

EDUCATION & PROGRAMMING COORDINATOR

Thomas Samuel creates engaging programs and educational experiences for guests of all ages. A graduate of Tennessee State University and licensed history teacher, Thomas manages field trips, events, and other outreach and education.

Employment

GUEST SERVICES ASSOCIATE (PT)

Guest Services Associates are responsible for ensuring a positive experience for guests to the Museum by providing excellent customer service; engaging and informative interpretation; and a clean, safe, and welcoming atmosphere. 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide accurate and engaging interpretation by leading guided tours of the Polk Home 
  • Conduct point-of-sale transactions with efficient and friendly customer service 
  • Serve as a representative of the Museum as primary front-of-house staff 
  • Assist with collections care and other projects as needed 
  • Help to staff educational programming and special events as needed 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Requirements:

Friendly and positive attitude, desire to work in a team, and a willingness to learn 

Ability to stand for 45 minutes at a time and to walk up stairs

English proficiency 

Weekend availability preferred (Sat. 9-5; Sun 1-5)

Knowledge of American history preferred 

Details:

Part-time (up to 30 hours per week) at $8/hour

To Apply:

Please send a resume and a brief letter of interest to candice@jameskpolk.com. 

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