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.

What's New?

Polk Site Remains Open During Bridge Construction (read more)

Upcoming Events

  • December 3:
    Holiday Tunes with Julie Harris and the Myers Park Consort

    Saturday, 10 am - 12:30 pm
    During this family program, the Myers Park Consort, led by harpist and singer Julie Harris, will play a variety of historical and modern holiday tunes. The Consort will feature a number of historical instruments, including the dulcimer and the bouzouki. The Consort will also provide historical context centering on the music and instruments they feature. This event is free, and open to the general public.

  • December 10:
    Story Time with Dr. MacDonald

    Saturday, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    Dr. Martha MacDonald will share holiday stories and tales to children and families. Dr. MacDonald's stories will range from folk tales, historical stories, and a diverse array of holiday stories. This story time will be interactive, and will include songs and character role play.

  • December 17:
    Holiday Crafts

    Saturday, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Join us to make a variety of holiday crafts. Crafts will range from historical in nature to fun, unique holiday creations! This event is free, and open to the public.

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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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