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

  • April 21:
    How The Other 90% Ate

    Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm
    During this hands-on workshop, Clarissa Clifton Lynch will dig into the history of dishes like fried fish, neck bones, baked and fried chicken, cornbread, and more. These now iconic Southern dishes may have been portrayed as the food of the poor, but in reality they were the staples on the dinner tables of the majority of Southerners, as Lynch will explain. The lesson will be reinforced by an opportunity to assist with the preparation of several dishes to be cooked on the open hearth in our kitchen cabin. Only 10 spots are available for this very special workshop, so do not wait to purchase your ticket!

  • May 5:
    The Historic Kitchen:
    A Class on the Old Southern Way of Cooking

    Saturday, 9 am - 2 pm
    Learn the traditions and techniques of the Historic Southern Kitchen from trained chef and historic cook Cheryl Henry during this half-day class. Students will prepare a three-course meal from scratch in the rustic environs of the log kitchen house at the President James K. Polk State Historic Site. The labor of preparing ingredients and cooking over the open hearth will make the fruits of your labor taste that much sweeter as you enjoy your prepared dishes at the conclusion of the class. Each participant will also receive recipes and tips from Cheryl to take home and use to create new traditions of your own. Cost for this special class is $60. Availability is limited, so purchase your ticket here!

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

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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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