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

  • Note: Our Museum Area is closed while we make repairs and renovations to the exhibits. The Visitors Center remains open and site tours are still available, so please stop by and visit.

  • September 11:
    Historic Cooking Guild

    Thursday, 10 am - 2:00 pm
    On the second and fourth Thursday of every month the Catawba Valley Cooking Guild will be using the kitchen building for cooking demonstrations. Come watch as the group cooks up elaborate meals over an open hearth. Come smell the smoke and the food! Admission is free, and open to the public.

  • September 20:
    Backcountry Kitchen Tour

    Saturday, 1 - 2 pm
    How would you do in a backcountry kitchen? Willing to try your luck? Come join us as Leila Merims, a longstanding member of the Cooking Guild of the Catawba Valley, leads a special kitchen house tour. Standard colonial chores will be covered such as hauling water, grinding spices, preparing a fire, and making a simple dish. Every pair of hands counted on a farm. Can you handle it? Time: 1:15 pm-2:00 pm. Fee: $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children. Appropriate for children 12 years old and up. Registration will be day of the program. We advise registering and arriving no later than 1:00 pm because spots will fill up quickly!

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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