The President James K. Polk State Historic Site is pleased to welcome visitors back into our Visitor Center and historic structures, with some new procedures in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors, including: 
- Installing hand sanitizer stations and increasing the frequency of cleaning high touch public areas and restrooms.
- Installing protective barriers at sales counters and information desks.
- Interactive exhibit features will be paused or modified.
We recommend that visitors follow the “Three W’s” as outlined by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services –
WEAR a cloth mask over your nose and mouth,
WAIT in line at least six feet away from others, and
WASH your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.
If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, we ask that you postpone your visit.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Upcoming events

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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Sunday, Monday, and most major state and federal holidays.

There is no admission fee to visit the grounds or Visitor Center.

Guided Cabin Tours
Tours leave from the Visitor Center lobby and typically last about 25 minutes.  

Tours begin at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturdays.
Tour tickets are $2 per adult; $1 for children ages 5-12, and seniors.

Tour spaces are limited. We recommend reserving a space on the tour ahead of your visit. Remaining slots on the day of the tour will be first-come, first-serve.


If you plan to visit with a group of 10 or more people, you will need to contact us ahead of time to discuss our private tour options. Private tours may be available throughout the week and can be tailored for the age/needs of your group.  For information on private group tours please contact us by phone or by email at polk@ncdcr.gov.

*Please note that the cabins are locked unless you are on a tour.

​Informational Film
A 13-minute film about James K. Polk and his presidency is shown every half hour, beginning at 9:30 and with the last showing at 4:30.

12031 Lancaster Highway
Pineville, NC 28134
(704) 889-7145

The Friends of President Polk's Birthplace

The Friends of President Polk's Birthplace, Inc.  is a 501c3 non-profit organization, founded in 1999.

What We Do:

While the President James K. Polk State Historic Site is a state-owned museum, most of the educational programs and special events for school children and adults are funded by the support group's member dues.

In the past, the Friends of President Polk's Birthplace, Inc. has funded summer camps and field trip experiences for children, special events like the President James K. Polk Birthday Celebration and Music, Dance 'n Que Fest, and programs like Historic Cooking with Cheryl Henry and Bubble Day!

The Polk Site also receives leadership support from a board comprised of support group members.

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Your Membership Supports...

  • Annual Events such as the President Polk Birthday Celebration, Music, Dance, n' Que, Bubble Day, Matters of Grave Importance, and many more
  • School sponsorships that bring local students to the site with no charge and transportation and staff funding support.
  • Workshops and classes that give adults and children alike the opportunity to experience hands-on history
  • Supplies for activities, school programming, volunteers, and staff
  • Professional development to ensure site staff stay abreast of the latest standards in the public history field
  • And much, much more!
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