PINEVILLE – President James K. Polk is having a birthday party next month but the 11th President of the United States will only be there in spirit.
The President James K. Polk State Historic Site will host its 26th annual President Polk Birthday Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10. The site’s main living history event of the year is a chance for visitors to see history in action. Parking is $5 per car but entry to the event is free and there is plenty of parking.
“This is our big living history event for the year,” Polk Historic Interpreter Adrienne Nirde said. “We are going to have folks out demonstrating the cooking they did in that time period. We are also going to have a lot of great, family-friendly crafts.”
The site is located on land once owned by the parents of James K. Polk. The state historic site commemorates significant events in the Polk administration, including 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 historic presidency.
The site is located at 12031 Lancaster Hwy.
In and around the historic log-cabins on the site, visitors to the birthday celebration can watch costumed historic interpreters spinning yarn, creating lace, cooking on the open hearth, doing laundry and other tasks done many years ago.
Visitors may even spot Polk himself, or at least someone dressed like the former President.
Children will be able to enjoy history-inspired crafts, games and militia drills. Visitors can also sign the President’s birthday card with a feather quill pen and ink before taking a seat on the lawn to enjoy live musical performances on the stage. Historic and modern vendors will also be on site with a variety of goods available for sale.
“There will be live music and vendors here,” Nirde said. “The music will be appropriate for the time period. There will be a lot of crafts that will be great gifts for the holidays.”
Go to www.nchistoricsites.org/polk/ for details.