Latta Place has a history which stretches back to 1800 when it was built by James Latta, a successful Northern Irish traveling merchant. The next hundred and fifty years saw it fulfill a number of roles as it changed hands between a number of owners until it was abandoned in the 1950s. It was saved from this state, restored and opened to the public in the 70s however and remains a popular tourist attraction today.
Things to Do
- There is a guided tour of the main building which is typical of houses built in the Federal style. This is preceded by a short video which introduces the history of the site.
- You are also free to lead yourself on a self-guided tour of the grounds and the outer buildings. There is a small array of farm animals around the grounds which young children should enjoy.
- With around 12,000 school children visiting the site each year the Plantation is a very popular site for field trips. They run a range of programs aimed at students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Most of these kid-friendly programs have an historical focus like the "Soldiers of the American Revolution" "A Ride on the Underground Railroad" and "Life on the Plantation" programs.
- There are also programs which are more focused nature and agriculture based around the plantation's small farm and bee-keeping projects.
Historic Latta Plantation and Nature Preserve Insider Tips
- Children aged five and under are granted admission for free.
- The site is closed on Mondays and opens at the later time of 1 pm on Sundays.