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



The Spirited Age: STEAM in President Polk's Day

Program description

Explore the exciting era just before President Polk took office, when steam was powering the explosive growth of the nation, artists were creating new and experimental works depicting the natural world, and new settlements were moving further and further westward.

During this two-hour long program, students will explore the Spirited Age through three hands-on stations that encourage creative thinking, reveal connections between engineering, science, math, art, and history, plus encourage learning through fun experimentation!

This program adheres to and meets curriculum standards that are set forth by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for students in grades 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. 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, Multicultural
Program type:
Population served: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Subject: Engineering, English, Language Arts, Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies / History, Visual Arts
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.


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:

RI10 – By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades complexity band independently and proficiently.

L5 – Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

W2 – Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

SL1 – Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on garde topics, texts, and issues, building on others; ideas and expressing their own clearly.

NC Essential Standards:

V.3 – Create art using a variety of tools, media, and processses, safely and appropriately.
CX.1 – Understand the global, historical, societal, and cultural contexts of the visual arts.
CR.1 – Use critical analysis to generate responses to a variety of prompts.
MS.1 – Apply competent motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
TT.1 – Use technology tools and skills to reinforce and extend classroom concepts and activities
RP.1 – Apply a research process as part of collaborative research
M.2 – Reason abstractly and quantitatively



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.