Plan Your Visit

view of Polk's reconstructed childhood log cabin

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.

Hours and Location

Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and most major holidays

12031 Lancaster Highway (P. O. Box 475)
Pineville, NC 28134


Admission is free
Donations are appreciated

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the main house and kitchen are provided throughout the day. 

Group Reservations


Historic Structures
The reconstructed house is typical of those during Polk’s childhood. The kitchen and house are authentically furnished with period pieces from the early 1800s.
Visitor Center
The visitor center features exhibits on the life and times of President Polk. A short video tells of his accomplishments.
Trails, Monuments, Outdoor Exhibits
The Mecklenburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution erected a stone monument at the site in 1904. It was the first monument dedicated in North Carolina to the eleventh president.
Handicapped Accessibility
The visitor center and restrooms are accessible to all visitors. The path to the historic area may require assistance. There are three steps to enter the house and kitchen.
Picnic Facilities
Seven picnic tables are available at the site.
Gift Shop
A sales desk is located in the visitor center containing items related to James K. Polk.

Programs, Group Activities

Special events commemorate Polk’s birthday in November and focus on eighteenth-century Christmas customs in December. Special programs and activities are planned for scheduled school groups upon request.