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
Historian Russell Hooper will present the free public program "Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury and the Founding of the United States Naval Academy" 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.
West to Prosperity: The Polk Home at 200
May 27, 2016 – May 21, 2017
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Polk Home’s construction. The exhibit features period artifacts including a Conestoga wagon and re-created historical scenes such as a law office and a blacksmith shop.