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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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Traveling Trunk Programs - In-Class Resources


Program Description

The President James K. Polk State Historic Site offers three traveling trunks to supplement the educational needs of teachers. Each trunk comes with a collection of reproduction artifacts, lesson plans, activities, and primary or secondary resources to use with the lesson.

Early Settlement of Mecklenburg County (1740s-1770s)

This trunk highlights four themes integral to the settling of


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Program Detail

Artistic Discipline: Multi-discipline
Cultural Origin: American, European, Multicultural, Native American
Subject: English, Language Arts, Literacy, Social Studies / History, Visual Arts
Population Served Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Kindergarten
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Throughout the year.

Available times:

Pickup: Trunks may be picked up on Friday or Saturday. For an additional fee, trunks may be delivered directly to your school.
Return: Trunks should be returned by the following Friday.


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

Fees / Ticketing:

Rates: $10.00 a week, $15.00 for two weeks
Security Deposit: Refundable deposit of $20.00 is due at trunk check out. Deposit void if trunk is returned more than three days late.



NC Standard Course of Study:

SL.1 – Participate in collaborative conversations wiht diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and large groups.

WS.1 – With guidance and support, select a familiar book and use drawing, dictating, or writing to state an opinion about it.

RI.1 – Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.


NC Essential Standards:

K.H.1 – Understand change over time.

1.C&G.1 – Understand the importance of rules.

2.H.1 – Understand how various sources provide information about the past.



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

No fee will be incurred for the cancellation of a trunk’s reservation prior to pick-up.