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Home of the 11th President of the United States, this is the only surviving residence of James K. Polk other than the White House. The house is the best example of Federal style architecture in Tennessee. It was built in 1816 by his father, Samuel Polk, a prosperous farmer and surveyor. Visitors today see the original possessions of President and Mrs. Polk, including furniture, paintings, clothing, and White House china. It will decorated for Christmas as it would have been when James lived there when he was 21 years of age.
The Athenaeum Rectory was built around 1835 for Samuel Polk Walker, nephew of President Polk. The home was acquired by the Rev. Frank Gillette Smith and became an Episcopal finishing school for girls. The school offered the same subjects that well-educated young men of the time studied, including physics, calculus and biology. It also will be decorated for Christmas, as we enjoy a wonderful lunch here.
We will also tour the museum at the James K. Polk home.
Refer to Senior Travel Guide 2016 for more information.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
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James K. Polk HomeColumbia, TN 38401USA
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