President James K. Polk State Historic Site

At the birthplace of America’s 11th President, explore a museum full of artifacts from Polk’s life and administration. Learn about Mecklenburg County life during Polk’s childhood, including chores, education, class status, and house architecture. In the reconstructed Kitchen House, groups will see the historical kitchen garden, and learn about colonial cooking and food ways. After their tour, they can go on a scavenger hunt, play a picture-matching detective game, or build their own log cabin. Other optional activities include the family cemetery tour, a 19th-century school lesson, musket firing, and cooking demonstration (2nd Thursday every month).
 
Contact Info 
Address: 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville, NC 28134. Mecklenburg County. Tel: 704-889-7145. Email: polk@ncdcr.gov. Website: www.nchistoricsites.org/polk. Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 9AM-5PM.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: K-12th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Cost: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Citizenship, Social Studies. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Historic Site Lesson Plan

While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall or Washington D.C.’s National Mall, consider reasons for preserving them. They are historically significant and can be visited, toured, and admired. Students learn about the historical relevance of specific historical sites and the importance of preserving these sites.... Continue