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President James K. Polk State Historic Site

12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville, NC 28134
704-889-7145
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Pineville
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This site is located on land once owned by the parents of James K. Polk, the 11th U.S. president. The state historic site commemorates significant events in the Polk administration: the Mexican-American War, settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute, and the annexation of California. Reconstructions of typical homestead buildings—a log house, separate kitchen, and barn—are authentically furnished. The visitor center features a film on Polk's life and exhibits on his family and tumultuous presidency.

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Geneva, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Unfortunately when we arrived the main display was under construction. Looks like it is going to be a very good exhibit once completed (in November). We were still able to see a couple of the log cabins on site - very interesting. Sara was a great tour guide - very knowledgeable and passionate about the preservation of the property. Would... More

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York, South Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This place is simple, but fascinating. It is always amazing to see a piece of living history. I really enjoyed exploring a piece of early American history.

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South Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

If you are looking for a special outing that wont take you but a few minutes to enjoy, this is the place for you. I had passed the entrance dozens of times and finally decided to stop in and check it out. The exhibit area was small but very well done and interactive. The outbuildings were all closed except one... More

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Scott W, Manager at President James K. Polk State Historic Site, responded to this review

Dear ChupiesUSA, Thank you so much for your nice review. I am glad that you came by on a day that the Historic Cooking Guild was here. They are so informative! Thanks for stopping by. Please come back. More

Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania
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11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

Very informative stop to spend time learning about President James Polk. Before the film we spent time going through the museum area, where everything was very organized and well-presented. We learned many new interesting things about Polk and his family. Thank you for providing this.

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Scott W, Manager at President James K. Polk State Historic Site, responded to this review

Dear JohnSchu57, Thanks for stopping by! I am glad that you enjoyed your visit and learned a little about our 11th President. All the best! Scott Warren Site Manager President James K. Polk State Historic Site More

Warner Robins, GA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Surprisingly well kept site considering its size. The guided tour is very informative about rural life in the late 1700s, early 1800s as well as about Polk's family. The 12-minute film taught me a couple things I didn't know about his presidency, despite being a history buff. The staff is very friendly, helpful and knowledgable, answering numerous questions. Our guide... More

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polk12031, Manager at President James K. Polk State Historic Site, responded to this review

Dear gatorsjimandann, I am thrilled that you visited us and that you had a great experience. It sounds like the staff provided you with a great tour. Our staff prides itself in taking the time to really interact with each visitor. We hope that you will visit us again soon. All the best! Scott Warren Site Manager More

Columbia SC
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I asked for a guided tour on Saturday afternoon afternoon, July 27th. It had rained earlier in the day, but was not raining when I asked for the tour. I was told there would be no tours that day because the had been "torrential rains" earlier that day. I walked the grounds wearing white sandals and it did not get... More

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polk12031, Manager at President James K. Polk State Historic Site, responded to this review

Dear Louise R, Thank you for sharing your experience. I have spoken with the staff that was working that day. It is our policy that if there is, or has been inclement weather that day, we temporarily suspend tours until the weather has had a chance to clear or the grounds have had a chance to dry out. If we... More

CINCINNATI,OHIO
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Great place to learn about one of our presidents and how his family lived. Have a small home site and tour. Wish place had stayed open later.

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jkpolk12031, Manager at President James K. Polk State Historic Site, responded to this review

Dear CedarPointChick, Thanks so much for the wonderful review. We thank you for taking the time to learn about our 11th President, James K. Polk. We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit. All the best! Scott Warren Site Manager More

Charlotte, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

The site is very very small. I feel like there is so much more that should be there or should be done with it. But the staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Definitely a good history lesson

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jkpolk12031, Manager at President James K. Polk State Historic Site, responded to this review

Kelly, Thank you so much for stopping by. We are glad you cam by and it was nice to hear that you had a great experience from the staff. Please come again! Scott Warren Site Manager More

Kansas City, Kansas
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124 reviews 124 reviews
75 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Every presidential place I go to I find how the pieces of our history fit together better than before. This place is a reconstruction, has a great museum and good orientation film of Little Hickory. Definitely a stop for any Texan wanting to understand a piece of their history. He was the President that finished Western Expansion - TX, NM,... More

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jkpolk12031, Manager at President James K. Polk State Historic Site, responded to this review

Dear James W, Thank you for visitng the President James K. Polk State Historic Site. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the museum and the film on Polk's presidency. We hope to see you again if your travels bring you through Pineville. All the best! Scott Warren Site Manager More

Holladay, Utah
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

This is a must stop, we were in town from Utah and thought we would have a look, we didn't make it early enough to watch the short film but took the small tour of the buildings. A nice little stop offering many facts that were interesting to learn. My kids 8, 12, and 14 enjoyed seeing the inside of... More

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jkpolk12031, Manager at President James K. Polk State Historic Site, responded to this review

Dear Sketrs, Thank you so much for stopping by with your family. It is good to hear that your little ones enjoyed getting a history lesson on President Polk and his early beginnings. Please visit again if your travels take you back through Pineville. All the best! Scott Warren Site Manager More

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