The President James K. Polk State Historic Site
About the Site:
The President James K. Polk State Historic Site is located on land once owned by the parents of James K. Polk, the 11th U.S. president. The Site features a visitor’s center with exhibits on the history of Mecklenburg County, social life during Polk’s lifetime, and significant
Educator CONTACT INFO
SELECT A PROGRAM
Death and Dying: The Symbols and Reality of Mortality in the Backcountry
The President James K. Polk State Historic Site was dedicated in 1968. It consists of 21 acres that once belonged to the parents of the future 11th President of the United States, James Knox Polk. The Polk family lived on this farm from 1795 to 1806.
The Death and Dying tour experience educates older students on the culture of death, mourning, and burial practices from the late 18th to early 19th...
Throughout the year.
All group visits will be scheduled between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday.
The President James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Hwy Pineville, NC 28134
Admission: $6.00 per child. Includes CMS, home school, and private school groups.
$25.00 deposit required two weeks before trip. Deposit goes towards final field trip balance.
*NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED FOR ASC-FUNDED TRIPS*
Non-profit groups or Title I schools applicable for reduced rate; please contact staff for additional details.
1.08 – Use context clues and appropriate sources to gain meaning.
3.05 – Interpret history through artifacts, arts, and media.
4.02 – Examine, understand, and evaluate conflicting viewpoints.
- Identify issues and problems in the past
- Consider multiple perspectives of various
peoples in the past.
- Analyze cause-and-effect relationships and
- Evaluate competing historical narratives and
debates among historians.
- Evaluate the influence of the past on
AH1.H.3.3- Explain the roles of various racial and ethnic groups in settlement and expansion through Reconstruction and the consequences for those groups (e.g., Germans, Scotch-Irish, Africans, American Indians, Irish, Chinese, etc.).
Charlotte Christian School 7301 Sardis Road Charlotte, NC 28270
Our third grade classes have been going to the James K. Polk Museum for the past 12 years that I have been teaching at Charlotte Christian School. We have been able to visit the museum each year, as well as enjoying the other activities that are available. We have been to the kitchen and enjoyed the cooking part of the museum. We have also enjoyed the school presentation, the toys and games, the film presentation describing the career of James K Polk, and the story describing the settlement of Mecklenburg County. Each activity that we have attended has been very well presented and the children have learned a lot and enjoyed the process. This is a field trip that we are always able to invite all of our parents to attend with their children, where they are not charged extra, (the museum is free, we only pay for the extra presentation) and there is plenty of room for all of us to spread out and learn. The docents have always been very informative, always costumed, and they lead us back into the early 1800’s when the Polk family lived in North Carolina. The docents are motivational and keep the children’s attention throughout their time at the museum. After we have enjoyed our visit to the museum, we have always had a picnic in the wooded area at the back of the museum. It is a very rustic environment, where parents and children can relax and enjoy their lunch. I would highly recommend a field trip to the James K. Polk Museum to any school, group, or family. It is well worth the trip.
Connie Koch Third Grade Teacher Charlotte Christian School
If you need to cancel or reschedule your group tour for any reason, please contact us at least
72 hours prior to your tour to receive a refund of your $25 deposit. Groups who cancel after this deadline will not be refunded. In addition, we will make every effort to reschedule your group.