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 28, 29, 30:
    Heritage Days Summer Camp:
    Backcountry Explorers

    Hours: 9 am - 1 pm
    Discover history through nature! Come and explore this connection by learning how the Catawba Indians and the early settlers lived off the land in Mecklenburg County over 200 years ago. Through a guided nature scavenger hunt, campers will learn about various plants and wildlife that inhabited Polk's backcountry. Camp will conclude with a special wildlife demonstration presented by Emily Walker, a certified naturalist from Chimney Rock State Park! Snacks are provided. Ages: 8-13 years old. Hours: 9:00am-1:00pm. Fee: $40 per child. You may register in person at the museum or on line at
    Update: This camp is now FULL. If you would like to add your camper to the waiting list, please contact Sara Walker at (704) 889-7145.

  • September 6:
    Sarah Polk: A Wife, A First Lady

    Saturday, 11 am - 12:30 pm
    This program will celebrate the 211th birthday of First Lady Sarah Polk! A representative from Salem Academy will be on hand to explore the unwavering support and dedication that Sarah had for her husband, President James K. Polk. Sarah Polk herself might even be in attendance to meet and greet her supporters! 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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