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President James K. Polk State Historic Site


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President James K. Polk State Historic Site

Visit the birthplace of the only United States president born in Mecklenburg County. Featuring a museum full of artifacts, the President James K. Polk State Historic Site honors the 11th president with reconstructed buildings, living history events, walking trails, a garden, self-guided tours and an informational film.

Length of Experience: Approximately 20 to 25 minute tour Min/Max participants: No restrictions

Availability: No cost or reservation process. Tours are Tuesdays through Fridays (10 a.m., noon, 2 m., 4 p.m.) and Saturdays (bottom of each hour:9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., etc., with the last tour of the day at 4:15 p.m.)

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Michaela Howard

a month ago

It is sad to find out that the Log cabin isn't real rather looks like a replica and doesn't stand on the original site. When coming from Europe I do understand things are not that old, but at least it can be restored to capture authenticity. That the visitor is closed during covid crises was understandable.


Jennifer G

a year ago

What a great little treasure so close to Ballantyne! We did a tour and he walked us through the houses and was so knowledgeable. I absolutely loved the displays and seeing what life was like as a middle class farmer. I think it would have been cool to have a spindle with cotton to spin in the gift shop instead of wool, since they primarily grew cotton. Definitely come check out this historic site!


Steven Robideaux

4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this historical site, A lot to learn. Free as well!


star wars

2 months ago

Fine to visit if you're in the area and I wouldn't go too far out of my way to go there unless you were a big fan.


Jonathan Capps

6 months ago

Great selection of events are held here. And taking a tour through the facilities really takes you back into time. I really enjoyed learning more about the Birthplace of President James K Polk and his family. There's even a small gift shop area inside ine of the buildings to have something to remember your visit. Great for a family outing and not spending much money at all.