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

  • March 10:
    Coffee and Conversation

    Saturday, 10 - 11:30 am
    Understanding our history is key to understanding current events. That's why we think President Polk's war, the Mexican-American War, is a key aspect of our history that is more important than ever in our current political climate. Taking a closer look at this conflict shows that while the events that occurred from 1845-1849 are often overshadowed by the those of that came before and after, they were of momentous importance to Mexican-American relations, westward expansion, growing tensions between North and South, and more.
    What do you know about this war? How was it portrayed in school? Did you learn about it at all? How is the war viewed differently in Mexico? We want to hear from you!
    Come give your input, have your voice heard, and contribute to the mission of our site. Attendees will tour the museum, then give feedback on our current exhibit and make suggestions for improvements. We also want to hear what types of programming, speakers, and events our neighbors and patrons want to see.
    We will thank you for sharing your thoughts with a selection of fresh hot coffee and a small assortment of breakfast items.
    This event is free, but registration is requested so we'll know what to have on hand. Click here to register.

  • 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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