North Carolina's first Commissioner of Agriculture, Leonidas L. Polk wielded power in many places. He was also an editor, farmer, legislator and a colonel in North Carolina Militia. He fought at Gettysburg. He was president of the National Farmers’ Alliance and Industrial Union, and he helped found what is now North Carolina State University. He founded the town of Polkton and later moved his family to Raleigh in 1878, where this house was built for him about 1890.
Following Col. Polk’s death in 1892, family members continued to live in his home up until the mid-1960s. Slated for destruction because it stood in the way of a shop, the home was bought for one dollar by a local resident and relocated. In the 1980s, the house was rediscovered as a historic treasure, and subsequently saved by state and local organizations, moved to its present location and conveyed to the State of North Carolina. The Polk family has returned many of the original furnishings to the house, and the home is now open for visits by appointment. Call (919) 285-1537 and leave a voicemail, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.