Latta Plantation & Nature Preserve
When your group takes a trip to Charlotte, you should check out the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. The location was built in 1800 and was owned by James Latta. He was an immigrant from Northern Ireland. The plantation was formerly known as Latta Place. After James retired in 1820, he turned his property into a cotton plantation consisting of 742 acres and 34 enslaved individuals.
In 1853, the property was purchased by William Sample. His family owned the location until 1922. In the 1970s, there was a group of citizens who recognized the structural and historical significance of Latta Place and formed a private non-profit entity known as Latta Place, Inc. They were able to save and restore the property. It was opened to the public in the mid-1970s.
In the course of the visit, the group will have the opportunity to examine 18th and 19th-century artifacts as part of the experience. You will see the fully furnished circa 1800 house museum. In addition to the museum, group members can check out a fascinating exhibit area. At the exhibit, the team will learn about the Latta and Sample Families, the slaves that lived on the plantation and life during the 19th century in Mecklenburg.
If your group enjoys nature, the Latta Plantation is the place to visit. In the course of the experience, the group will encounter a diversity of natural communities. There are areas such as upland and bottomland hardwood forests, open fields, streams, and a Piedmont Prairie. The preserve is part of the Mountain Island Lake which is an important bird area.