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The James K. Polk Home, located in downtown Columbia, Tennesseee, is the only surviving ancestral home of the eleventh president of the United States. The home is situated at the original site and is surrounded by landscaped grounds, a formal boxwood garden, a white azalea garden, and a wildflower garden.

The home was built in 1816 by Samuel Polk, a prosperous farmer and surveyor, while his oldest son, the future president, was away attending the University of North Carolina. When James returned to Tennessee in 1818, he resided in the family home until 1824 when he married Sarah Childress. From the Polk home he practiced law and began his political career by successfully running for state legislature.

Today, the home proudly displays original items from James K. Polk's time in Tennessee and Washington, D.C. Among these original items are pieces of furniture, paintings, and White House china.

Adjacent to the home visitors can tour the Sisters' House, which was the residence of two of the president's sisters at different times. The Sisters' House proudly offers a 12-minute video, a museum room, temporary exhibits, and a shop. This House offers many unique artifacts from the site's original collection, including daguerrotypes of both the President and Mrs. Polk, White House gifts and momentos, as well as several pieces of campaign items from the Election of 1844 and Sarah's Inaugural fan which shows minature pictures of the first eleven presidents.

The James K. Polk Home also displays pieces of a cast iron foundation from the president's last home in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It is displayed in the courtyard.

The House is open Monday through Saturday from nine to five in April through October and nine to four in November through March. It is open on Sunday from one to five year round. Admission ranges from five dollars for adults to free for children under six years old.

It is a wonderful place to visit and become acquainted with a small portion of our wonderful heritage.