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

  • July 3:
    The museum will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3rd. The museum will re-open to the public on Saturday, July 4th at 9:00 am.

  • July 21 and 23:
    Polk Summer Day Camp

    Tuesday or Thursday, 9 am - 3pm
    Youngsters (age 8 - 12) can spend a day discovering what it was like to work and play during the childhood era of President James K. Polk! Campers will explore traditional chores and popular children's games and activities of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Campers will also learn what made Mecklenburg County a unique home for the Polk family through guest demonstrations and hands-on experience. Call (704) 889-7145 for pricing and availability.

  • October 3:
    Mexican American War Militia Muster

    Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
    Join us as we give visitors a chance to look into the life of a common citizen who has been called into service in the 1846 conflict with Mexico. Living History re-enactors will be drilling, demonstrating domestic lifestyles, and speaking with visitors about what life was like in Mecklenburg County in 1846. Admission is free, and open to the public.

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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