Chattanooga Times Free Press: Lamar Alexander seeks to preserve James K. Polk Home

Posted on June 22, 2015

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - The Columbia, Tennessee, home of former President James K. Polk is a step closer to becoming a national treasure.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has introduced legislation directing the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the home as the next step in preserving it.

The study would evaluate the suitability and feasibility of designating the site as a unit of the National Park System.

In April, a survey found that the home is nationally significant and could meet the criteria for inclusion in the system.

The James K. Polk home is the only surviving residence of the eleventh American president.