- Historic Sites
James K. Polk Ancestral Home
U.S. President James K. Polk's home is open to the public and displays objects from his life and presidency.
Visitors can learn about the 11th President, the youngest up to the time, who managed to expand the borders of the United States to the Pacific Ocean, added three states to the Union, started the Naval Academy, the Washington Monument, issued the first postage stamp, and remains the youngest President to die outside those who have been assassinated. Some featured artifacts include photographs taken during James Polk's Presidency, his First Lady's signature turban, and the Joanna Rucker brooch. The Polk House also sponsors children's summer camps and hosts monthly discussions on politics open to the public.