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The President James K. Polk State Historic Site

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

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Death and Dying: The Symbols and Reality of Mortality in the Backcountry


Program Description

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


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Program Detail

Program type: Day Trip, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Multi-discipline
Cultural Origin: American, European
Subject: Language Arts, Literacy, Social Studies / History
Population Served Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Throughout the year.

Available times:

All group visits will be scheduled between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday.

Length of :Program 1 hour and 30 minutes

The President James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Hwy Pineville, NC 28134

Fees / Ticketing:

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.

Non-profit groups or Title I schools applicable for reduced rate; please contact staff for additional details.


NC Standard Course of Study:

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.


NC Essential Standards:


  1. Identify issues and problems in the past
  2. Consider multiple perspectives of various

peoples in the past.

  1. Analyze cause-and-effect relationships and

multiple causation.

  1. Evaluate competing historical narratives and

debates among historians.

  1. Evaluate the influence of the past on

contemporary issues.


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.).




Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes



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.
Thank you.
Connie Koch Third Grade Teacher Charlotte Christian School

Cancellation Policy

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.