President James K. Polk Suite

Room Features

  • Large Spacious 2 room suite with private bath
  • King Size Bed
  • 2 Twin beds
  • with decorative fireplace
  • TV
  • Phone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Hairdryers
$99 per night ~ double occupancy


On July 29, 1839 James K. Polk, who had served in the U.S. Congress from 1825 to 1839, visited Rogersville during his campaign for Governor of Tennessee.More…

A big celebration was hosted by Mayor Dicks Alexander and the Town Council, with speeches on the courthouse lawn lasting most of the day.

Polk spent the night at McKinney’s Tavern (now the Hale Springs Inn) before going on to Rutledge on July 30 and to Tazewell on the 31st.

In the election held in August 1839, Polk, a Democrat, carried Hawkins County over Newton Cannon, Whig, by a vote of 1,433 to 804. Statewide, Polk defeated Cannon by a vote of 54,012 to 51,396.

Polk went on to defeat former Senator Henry Clay for the Presidency in 1845. Clay, from Kentucky, had Rogersville ties through the Clay- Kenner family whose “Kenner House” stands on the grounds of the H. B. Stamps Memorial Library in Rogersville.