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James K. Polk Ancestral Home

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Built  1816 (1816)
Designated NHL  July 4, 1961
Area  7,700 m²
Architectural style  Federal architecture
NRHP Reference #  66000728
Opened  1816
Phone  +1 931-388-2354
Added to NRHP  15 October 1966
James K. Polk Ancestral Home
Location  W. 7th and S. High Sts., Columbia, Tennessee
Address  301 W 7th St, Columbia, TN 38401, USA
Hours  Closed now Saturday9AM–5PMSunday1–5PMMonday9AM–5PMTuesday9AM–5PMWednesday9AM–5PMThursday9AM–5PMFriday9AM–5PM
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The James K. Polk Ancestral Home, also known as James K. Polk Home State Historic Site, is a historic house museum at 301 West 7th Street in Columbia, Tennessee. Built in 1816, it is the only surviving private resident of United States President James K. Polk. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is open daily except select holidays for guided tours.

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Description and history

The James K. Polk House is located just west of the commercial central downtown area of Columbia, at the southwest corner of West 7th and South High Streets. It is an L-shaped brick building, two stories in height, with a gabled roof. The front facade, facing West 7th Street, is three bays wide, with the main entrance in the rightmost bay, recessed in a segmented-arch opening. The door is flanked by sidelight windows and topped by a semi-oval transom window with tracery, and the interior walls of the recess are paneled. The other bays house windows, which are topped by lintels of brick and a stone keystone. The interior retains finishes period to its construction, but has otherwise been adapted for museum displays. The property includes a reproduction of the kitchen outbuilding that would have been present during Polk's residency; none of the outbuildings from his time survive.

The house was built in 1816 by Samuel Polk, and was the home of his son, U.S. President James K. Polk, for several years as a young adult. It is the only surviving private residence associated with President Polk to survive. James lived in the house until 1819, when he left to read law in Nashville, and for a time after his return to Columbia, where he opened his law practice. The house remained in the Polk family for many years, and passed through several owners before its acquisition by the state of Tennessee in 1929. It is now maaged by the Tennessee Historical Commission, and the museum is operated by the James K. Polk Association. The fountain on the site was moved here in 1893 after Polk Place, the president's later home, was demolished.

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James K. Polk Ancestral Home Wikipedia


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