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?

Important Date Change!
Our second annual Music and BBQ Fest has been moved to Saturday, May 6th! Stay tuned for further details as they become available . . .

Upcoming Events

  • April 15:
    Corn Husk Doll-Making

    Saturday, 11 am - 1 pm
    Join us as we make an 18th century favorite: cornhusk dolls! Site staff will guide children as they make their dolls. Complete a museum scavenger hunt and tour the grounds while your doll dries . . . then take your creation home! This is a drop-in program, with a fee of $3 per child.

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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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