The land of the President James K. Polk Historic Site was once owned by Polk's parents. The Historic Site can now be visited by people who would like to learn more about Polk's time as President. His years as the 11th President of the United States saw, among other events, the American-Mexican War and the annexation of California. The site offers simple but informative exhibitions and reconstructions which bring to life his time in office and his time living at the Site.
Things to Do
- You can start your visit at the Site's Visitors Center which houses an exhibit all about the life and times of Polk plus a video about his various achievements throughout his lifetime.
- Take a tour around the site itself beginning with the reconstruction of his family home.
- Though there are no original buildings from the time still extant at the site this reconstruction comes as close as possible to representing what a typical house would have resembled during Polk's time living there with his family. It includes an authentically furnished kitchen as well as a log house and a barn. There is also a stone monument dating from 1904 dedicated to the President.
President James K. Polk Historic Site Insider Tips
- Guided tours of the house take place throughout the day though you can guide yourself around the site if you prefer.
- There are a few picnic tables dotted around the site so you can bring along a lunch on your trip.
- Though there is no cost to visit the site they do accept donations if you would like to support the continuation of programs and exhibits.