President James K. Polk

U.S. President – Mexican American War

This site is located on land once owned by the parents of James K. Polk, the 11th U.S. president. The state historic site commemorates significant events in the Polk administration: the Mexican-American War, settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute, and the annexation of California. Reconstructions of typical homestead buildings a log house, separate kitchen, and barn are authentically furnished. The visitor center features a film on Polk's life and exhibits on his family and tumultuous presidency.

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We are currently recruiting volunteers who can share their time and talents. A few hours a week or even a month is all you need to make friends and support your community. Call 704-889-7145, or email

Our Support Group:
Polk Memorial Support Fund, Inc.

Upcoming Events

  • November 10:
    President Polk's Birthday Celebration

    Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm
    This 26th annual celebration of President James K. Polk's birthday is one of our largest events throughout the year. This year's event will be particularly special as we close out our 50th anniversary. Join us to see living history demos, live musical performances, crafts, games, and a mixture of modern and historical vendors selling all manner of delightful goods. All admission proceeds raised will go to the Friends of the Polk Birthplace ( a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) that supports the educational mission of the museum. Admission for non-members is $5 per car. Friends of the President Polk Birthplace members receive free admission.

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

Polk Memorial Information

Contact Us

President James K. Polk State Historic Site
Box 475
Pineville, NC 28134
[12031 Lancaster Hwy.]
Phone: (704) 889-7145
GPS: 35.07800069980, -80.88263317450

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and most major state holidays.


No fee. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

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