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 events from Polk’s presidency. In addition, two historic cabins on the site are opened during tours for visitors to gain an authentic feel for what life during Polk’s formative years would have been like. Visitors may also enjoy the offerings on the grounds, including a picnic area, nature trail, cemetery, and early-20th century stone monument.

Educational Offerings:

Our school programming opportunities range from a standard tour of the cabins and museum, to STEAM-based learning, and even opportunities for live demonstration of historical skills like long-rifle firing and spinning. We welcome students of all ages and are happy to tweak our programming to match the needs of your students. In addition to on-site programming, we also offer travelling trunks with resources you can use in your classroom or we are happy to discuss in-school residency programming to suit your skills.

Primary Education Contact: 

Kate Moore, Historic Interpreter III |

Additional Site Staff: 

Scott Warren – Site Manager –
Kate Moore – Assistant Site Manager –
Adrienne Nirde – Historic Interpreter II –
Rochelle Welsh – Historic Interpreter


  12031 Lancaster Highway, PO Box 475, Pineville, NC 28134



Death and Dying: The Symbols and Reality of Mortal...

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 centuries. An examination of symbols in funerary art, the presence of certain plants and flowers, and the traditions of viewing, photographing, and mourning the loss of a love one provide a multi-disciplinary glimpse into a fascinating and very different aspect of our shared history. Upon completing the tour, students will have a solid understanding of cemetery symbolism, the primary causes of mortality in the backcountry, and the differences and similarities between our modern and historical concepts of death and dying.

This program adheres to and meets curriculum standards that are set forth by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Tours take approximately 1 ½ hours to complete. Before the scheduled visit, teachers are sent a comprehensive field trip packet. This packet includes general information about the site, rules and regulations, and pre and post visit activities. This information is also accessible on The President James K. Polk State Historic Site website ( or as an attachment on this page.
The site can host a maximum of 3 classes at 75 students per day. Groups with more than 75 students are scheduled for multiple days.

Booking / scheduling contact

Kate Moore


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Multi-discipline
Cultural Origin: American, European
Program type: Workshop
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 9
Subject: Language Arts, Literacy, Social Studies / History
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 articats, arts, and media.

4.02 – Examine, understand, and evaluate conflicting viewpoints.


NC Essential Standards:

8.H.1.3 – Use primary and secondary sources to interpret various historical perspectives.

USH.H.1.2 – Analyze visual, literary, and musical sources

USH.H.1.3  – Use Historical Analysis and Interpretation to consider multiple perspectives of various peoples in the past, analyze cause-and-effect relationships and multiple causation, and evaluate the influence of the past on contemporary issues



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
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.