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  • Monument Name

    James K. Polk Memorial, Pineville

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

  • City

    Pineville

  • County

    Mecklenburg

  • Description

    The memorial marking the birthplace of President James K. Polk is a slender pyramid shaped structure constructed of masonry and field stones. A small marble plaque set into the front holds the inscription.

    Images: Marble plaque | Side view

  • Inscription

    HERE STOOD THE HOUSE / IN WHICH WAS BORN / NOVEMBER 2, 1795 / JAMES KNOX POLK, / PRESIDENT / OF THE UNITED STATES / 1845-1849. / ERECTED BY MECKLENBURG / CHAPTER DAUGHTERS OF THE / AMERICAN REVOLUTION, / 1904.

  • Custodian

    James K. Polk North Carolina Historic Site

  • Dedication Date

    September 26, 1904. Rededication: 2010

  • Decade

    1900s

  • Supporting Sources

      North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, State Preservation Office. “Historic Architectural Survey Report for Bridge 49 on SR 4982 over Little Sugar Creek, B-5105, Mecklenburg County, ER 08-2640,” April 27, 2011, (accessed August 12, 2020) Link

      White, Joyce, 2006. James K. Polk Memorial,” NCPedia.org, (accessed August 10, 2017) Link

      “James K. Polk Birthplace-Mecklenburg County, North Carolina,” PresidentsUSA.net, (accessed August 10, 2017) Link

      “Polk Monument Was Unveiled,” The Charlotte News (Charlotte, NC), September 27, 1904

      “President James K. Polk,” President James K. Polk State Historic Site, (accessed August 10, 2020) Link

      “Unveiling Polk Monument,” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), September 27, 1904

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Field stones and masonry

  • Sponsors

    Mecklenburg Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Regent Lily Long delivered an address of welcome before the 200 in attendance followed by the singing of “America.” Dr. J.B. Alexander gave an address on Polk’s life which was followed by “The Old North State” being sung. Walter Stacy then read a sketch of Polk’s life by Mr. W.E. Ardrey. The program ended with Miss Julia Robinson pulling a cord to unveil the memorial as the band struck up “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

  • Subject Notes

    The James K. Polk Memorial site at Pineville marks the probable birthplace of the nation's eleventh president. It consists of a reconstructed house, kitchen, and barn as well as the relocated Polk family cemetery. Polk was born on November 2, 1795, but the family moved to Tennessee when Polk was 11 years old. He returned to the state to attend the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where he graduated with high honors but his climb to the presidency was achieved in Tennessee. His birthplace in North Carolina was largely forgotten and by 1900 the family's log house at Pineville had fallen to the ground. Interest in his link to North Carolina was rekindled when the Daughters of the American Revolution marked the spot in 1904. In 1964 Polk's birthplace became a North Carolina State Historic Site.

  • Location

    The James K. Polk Historic site is located at 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville, North Carolina.

  • Relocated

    Yes

  • Former Locations

    The memorial was moved a short distance in 1967 to make way for construction of a log cabin of the type Polk may have been born in.

  • Rededicated

    Yes

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