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

  • October 6:
    Tennessee, James K. Polk's Frontier:
    Lecture and Reception with John Holtzapple

    Saturday, 3 pm
    Please join us in welcoming John Holtzapple, Director of the Polk Ancestral Home in Columbia, Tennessee as he presents two unique programs. At 3:00 pm Mr. Holtzapple will present "Tennessee – James K. Polk's Frontier". This informative discussion will focus on the new frontier of Tennessee after the Revolution and how it shaped James K. Polk's beliefs and values. Registration is required for this free event.
    In addition to the free lecture, you may also purchase a ticket for our after-hours reception. Beginning at 5 pm, guests will get to mingle and enjoy light refreshments and beverages before Mr. Holtzapple discusses more recent controversies surrounding Polk's legacy, the relocation of his tomb, and more in a casual atmosphere. Tickets for the reception are $20.

  • 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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