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

  • December 15:
    Mini-Makers: Story Time and Craft

    Saturday, 10 to 11 am
    Look, listen, and make at the museum! Come with your child to hear "Llama Llama Holiday Drama" by Anna Dewdney, read aloud. Then craft an ornament for your holiday tree. Recommended for pre-K through 1st grade. Cost is $5 per child, which includes craft materials.

  • December 15:
    Ornament Workshop

    Saturday, 2 to 4 pm
    Come craft your own fun and festive holiday ornaments with us! We'll provide the materials, and you provide your creative touch. Create one or two of your very own ornaments to take home: a miniature wreath and/or a wood slice ornament. Keep an eye on our social media for some examples leading up to the event! Pre-Registration is available, and recommeded. Any remaining slots will be available on a first come, first served basis for drop-in visitors on the day of the event. Admission: $5.00 for one ornament, or $8.00 for two. Register at:

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

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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