PINEVILLE – The President James K. Polk Site in Pineville will ring in cooler temperatures with several activities slated for fall.
On Thursday, Oct. 6, the site will host “Down the Great Wagon Road,” from 7 to 9 p.m. The team at the historic site will partner with Great Wagon Road Distillery for an exclusive whiskey tasting. Guests will be invited to taste a variety of spirits while learning about their background and the distilling process. Appetizers and drinks are included in the price of admission, which is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, Cheryl Henry will host a historic cooking class. Henry will guide participants through preparing 19th-centry meals that would have been made in the country kitchen home. She’ll be joined by renowned first-person interpreter and historic cook Clarissa Lynch, who will teach participants about the history behind the foods they will prepare through interactive storytelling. Afterward, guests will enjoy the fruits of their labor, and receive a special gift to remember their experience. Space is very limited, so register early. The cost is $40 for one person and $70 for two. The class will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
To round out the fall season, the site will celebrate President James K. Polk’s Birthday on Nov. 5, a Saturday. This annual living history program will bring back to life the Polk family of Mecklenburg County in November 1795, when James K. Polk was born. Events will include an historic cooking demonstration, children’s games and other hands on activities. This year’s celebration also will feature a number of backcountry “bites-n-beverages” for visitors. The celebration, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., costs $5 per vehicle.