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Cavanacor Historic House And Craft Centre
Ancestral Home of James Knox Polk, Eleventh President of the United States of America

Cavanacor House, located on the outskirts of Lifford, is one of the oldest inhabited houses in Donegal. It was built in the early 1600s and is the ancestral home of James Knox Polk, 11th President of the United States of America.  His great, great, great grandmother (Magdelene Tasker) was born here in 1634. She later married Captain Robert Bruce Pollock and emigrated to the USA.

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King James II dined here on the 20th April, 1689  on his way to the siege of Derry.  He granted a protection to the house. The tree he dined under still stands in the grounds.

The House  itself is furnished in Jacobean and Georgian style. There is a museum, art gallery, craft shop, tea room, walled garden and working pottery in the fortified yard. The tea room serves home baking. There is a children's play area, guided tours, toilets and coach parking.

The Cavanacor Gallery  attached to Cavanacor House was set up in 1999 and is devoted to showing contemporary art. The gallery aims to  bring contemporary art to a wider audience and has established a professional, commercial venue in the Northwest. The gallery shows work by both established and up-and-coming national and international artists.

Take the N14 at the Lifford round-a-bout for 3km to Rossgier. The house is signposted on the left for 200m.

Cavanacor Historic House And Gallery

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