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.
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 | email@example.com
Additional Site Staff:
Scott Warren – Site Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Moore – Assistant Site Manager – email@example.com
Adrienne Nirde – Historic Interpreter II – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rochelle Welsh – Historic Interpreter
12031 Lancaster Highway, PO Box 475, Pineville, NC 28134
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 Mecklenburg County: (1) Geography & Settlement of the Piedmont (2) Catawba Indians (3) The Great Wagon Road (4) Early Settlement of Charlotte. Recommended for 4th and 5th grade classrooms, the trunk includes an extensive resources notebook, complete with lesson plans, classroom activities, and additional supplementary materials.
19th Century School Day
This trunk illuminates 19th century education, and encourages students to compare and contrast the present-day classroom with the classroom of the 1800s. Recommended for Kindergarten through 4th grade classrooms, the trunk includes an extensive resources notebook, complete with classroom objectives, lesson plans, classroom activities, and additional supplementary materials.
Life on the Farm
This trunk illustrates daily life on a late 18th to early 19th century farm. Students will learn about children’s’ roles and responsibilities on the farm, and understand how communities worked in tandem to make farm living as sustainable as possible. Students will be encouraged to compare and contrast their modern-day roles and responsibilities with that of past farm children, and grasp how people worked together to build their communities. Recommended for 3rd through 5th grade classrooms, the trunk includes an extensive resources notebook, complete with classroom objectives, lesson plans, classroom activities, and additional supplementary materials.
See our educator packet at www.jameskpolk.net/education for more information.
Throughout the year.
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
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.
*NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED IF USING ASC FUNDING*
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.
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.
No fee will be incurred for the cancellation of a trunk’s reservation prior to pick-up.