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James K. Polk House

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Address: 301 W 7th St, Columbia, TN 38401-3132
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+1 931-388-2354
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
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A true part of Presidential history

My girlfriend and I had another adventure. She had never been to a Presidents home and I have been to over six. Our tour guide was great! She answered all our questions and gave... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kevin W
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150 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I had another adventure. She had never been to a Presidents home and I have been to over six. Our tour guide was great! She answered all our questions and gave us insight to President Polk and his family, along with his wife and her family. All the furniture in this house belonged to the Polks, and... More 

1 Thank Kevin W
White Mountains
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146 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Polk was a very important president and people should know more about him. We had a personal tour by a man who loved this house and was a walking encyclopedia about James Polk. Highly recommended for history buffs. The only negative is that they need to improve the sound quality on the video. Afterwards we walked around the town of... More 

Thank Steve A
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fascinating tour. We learned much about President Polk and the recent issue of whether or not to relocate his remains. We had the good fortune to go on a tour conducted by the foundation director (John Holtzapple) whose knowledge of history and enthusiasm in relating it were unmatched. I would recommend that you ask for him to conduct the... More 

Thank 964john
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Amazing place to visit for any occasion....the location is fairly easy to access and the surrounding environment is awesome for a day-trip. There are good restaurants located nearby.....that said, the actual House is amazing to enjoy a time period of huge transition in our country. The home is full of real artifacts from the actual time period, and the gardens... More 

Thank Matthew H
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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257 reviews
145 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

The museum has a story to tell and they do it well. A short video starts it off. Then a small museum. Then a tour of the house by a knowledgeable guide. The guide fills in the rest of the story as you walk through the house. We enjoyed it - 2 hours.

Thank rockcole
Madison, Wisconsin
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143 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This is a worthwhile stop which enriched our knowledge of history and a stop which only took one to two hours. It was quite interesting to learn more about President Polk and the accomplishments of his one-term presidency. And it was equally interesting to see his home and actual family furnishings. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable but could have... More 

Thank Isthmuse
Laurel, Maryland
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33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Had a wonderful day-trip to Columbia for the express purpose of visiting the Polk House and it was worth it. The location is actually broken up into three buildings with a garden. The tour does not last very long, but the tour guide was very knowledgeable and was funny and engaging. Actually, considering the timeframe, there a number of artifacts... More 

Thank Matthew H
Nashville, Tennessee
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We visited on Martin Luther King day in January. We were the only ones there, so we had a personalized tour. we started off with a film presentation, & then proceeded with the tour of the house. I learned so much about the Polks & their lives & contributions to our country. I also learned a lot of historical trivia.... More 

Thank Danita A
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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178 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

The house itself was very well maintained and the amount of furniture actually owned by the Polks was impressive. As an American, I expect to see our history accurately portrayed at National Historic Sites. The story of the Polks with which we were presented was positively sycophantic. James K. Polk was presented as a saint without flaw rather than a... More 

2 Thank Malinda U
Allegan, United States
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70 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We enjoyed the visit to President Polk's ancestral home. Our guide was well-informed and presenting the information in an interesting fashion. He was very receptive to questions. The tour lasted about 30 minutes but we were not rushed. Recommend this as a stop for those interested in US history.

Thank Gary E

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