James K. Polk Ancestral Home

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James K. Polk House
James K. Polk Ancestral Home is located in Tennessee
James K. Polk Ancestral Home
James K. Polk Ancestral Home is located in USA
James K. Polk Ancestral Home
Location W. 7th and S. High Sts., Columbia, Tennessee
Coordinates 35°36′53.71″N 87°2′14.36″W / 35.6149194°N 87.0373222°W / 35.6149194; -87.0373222Coordinates: 35°36′53.71″N 87°2′14.36″W / 35.6149194°N 87.0373222°W / 35.6149194; -87.0373222
Area 1.9 acres (0.77 ha)
Built 1816
Architect Samuel Polk
Architectural style Federal
NRHP Reference # 66000728
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL July 4, 1961[2]

The James K. Polk Ancestral Home, also known as James K. Polk Home State Historic Site, is U.S. President James K. Polk's only surviving home other than the White House. It is located at 301 West 7th St., Columbia, Tennessee. The home was built by his father, Samuel Polk, in 1816. The Federal style brick home was constructed while James was at the University of North Carolina.

The residence of the 11th U.S. President is open to the public, and displays original items from President Polk's life. It is owned by the State of Tennessee under the auspices of the Tennessee Historical Commission. The site, a designated National Historic Landmark, is operated by the James K. Polk Association. The fountain on the site was moved here in 1893 after Polk Place was demolished.

It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and included in the initial list of National Register of Historic Places in 1966.[2][1][3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "James K. Polk House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  3. ^ Polly M. Rettig and Frank B. Sarles, Jr. (January 23, 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: James K. Polk Home" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying four photos, exterior, from 1975 PDF (32 KB)

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