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Few people have accomplished more in their political career than James K. Polk. As a U.S. Congressman, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Governor of Tennessee, and by age 49, President of the United States. Polk had his wife Sarah by his side acting as his closest advisor throughout his political career. Together they changed America, doing much to expand its boundaries from Atlantic to Pacific.

The only surviving residence of James K. Polk other than the White House, this painted brick structure is one of the best examples of Federal-style architecture in Tennessee. Samuel Polk, a prosperous farmer and surveyor, built the house in 1816 while his oldest son James was attending the University of North Carolina. When the future President graduated in 1818, he returned to Tennessee and stayed here with his parents until his marriage to Sarah Childress in 1824. While living in his family’s Columbia home, James practiced law and began his political career by successfully running for the state legislature. Visitors today get to see original possessions of President and Mrs. Polk including furniture, paintings, clothing, and White House china.

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Ancestral home of the 11th U.S. President James K. Polk
Presidential Hall at the Polk Home & Museum
Gift Shop at President James K. Polk Home & Museum
Front Entrance of President James K. Polk Home & Museum
President James K. Polk Home & Museum


301 W. Seventh St.
Columbia, TN 38401


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Admission Rates

Adults $10, seniors (60+) $8, children (13 - 18) $7, children (6-12) $5, under 6 free.



Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.


Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Dates Closed
Closed: January 1, Thanksgiving Day,
December 24–25

Payment Methods Accepted

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Discounts Given

  • Senior Citizen Discount
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