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Location, Hotel, and Transportation

James K. Polk and His Time

A Conference Finale to the Polk Project

Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, 2019

A piece of art depicting downtown Knoxville


All sessions and included meals will be held at the East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37901. Located in the heart of downtown, the society features exhibits about the region’s past that you may want to explore during your visit.


The conference hotel will be the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. It lies 0.3 miles from the East Tennessee Historical Society and offers a complimentary shuttle to all guests.

The conference rate for the nights of April 11 and 12 is $105/night plus tax, single or double occupancy. The conference rate for parking is $6/night, which is 50% off the usual rate. To obtain the conference hotel rate, you must reserve your room by March 12, 2019. To do so, either use this link or call (865) 522-2800 and mention block code JKP.


Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport offers flights to and from cities across the United States on Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, and United. Once you land, you can either rent a car to drive the fourteen miles to downtown or use one of several taxi companies. Discount Taxi is offering conference attendees a special rate of $30 each way per van load of up to five people. They accept reservations on their website or at (865) 755-5143; identify yourself as with the Polk conference.

Knoxville also is served by Greyhound buses.

Within Knoxville, free “Trolley” buses can get you around downtown and the adjacent University of Tennessee campus. The KAT bus and paratransit system covers the entire city and surrounding towns.

While You’re Here…

For information on city attractions, restaurants, and non-Polk-related events (plus some very nice maps), visit Visit Knoxville (whom we thank for helping with conference arrangements).

When you arrive, you’ll notice the mountains surrounding our city. Knoxville is only forty miles from Gatlinburg, an entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.