Educational Programs

Historic Latta Plantation offers year-round educational programs that are designed to meet Common Core and Essential Standard Goals for North Carolina.

Schools can choose from a variety of Basic Programs that bring history to life for students of all ages. In addition to these Basic Programs, additional Add-on Programs are available, and will make the field trip even more interactive and memorable. 

Please note: There is a 15 student minimum for programs.

Please contact the Education Department at (704)875-2312 ext. 303 or education@lattaplantation.org with questions and scheduling. Teacher Resource Guides are available upon request and will be emailed to teachers once a program is scheduled.

 

Basic Programs Include: 

 

 

Add-on Programs Include: 

19th Century Schoolhouse
Farm Animal Tour
Woodworking Demonstration
House Tour
Fire Starting
19th Century Music
English Country Dancing
 

Candle Dipping
Cotton Processing
 

Cornhusk Dolls
19th Century Games
Gold Panning
 

 

Basic Programs

Teachers must choose at least one of the following basic programs

Programs during the months of January & February are available at discounted rates

A. Plantation Life
This program explores the dynamics of a 19th century back-country plantation and the lives of those who lived and worked here at Latta. Roles discussed include the planter family and enslaved African Americans (skilled artisans, field hands, house servants.) Included in the program are tours of the plantation house, cook house, and slave cabin. 

Approximate Tour Length: 1- 1.5 hours (depending on group size) Cost: $7.00 per person ($6.00 pp in January & February)

Common Core Goals Met: Kindergarten: Goals SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A. First: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A, SL1C. Second: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A, SL1C. Third: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1B, SL1C. Fourth: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL1B, SL1C. Fifth: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL1B, SL1C. 

Social Studies Essential Standards Met: Kindergarten: Goals K.G.1, K.G.1.3, K.G.2, K.G.2.1, K.G.2.2, K.C.1, K.C.1.2, K.H.1, K.H.1.1, K.H.1.2, K.H.1.3, K.E.1, K.E.1.1, K.E.1.2. First: Goals 1.H.1, 1.H.1.1, 1.G.2, 1.G.2.1, 1.G.2.2, 1.G.2.3, 1.E.1, 1.E.1.1, 1.E.1.2, 1.E.1.3, 1.C.1. Second: Goals 2.C.1, 2.C.1.1, 2.C.1.3, 2.G.2, 2.G.2.1, 2.E.1, 2.E.1.1, 2.E.1.3, 2.E.1.4. Third: Goals 3.H.1, 3.H.1.2, 3.H.1.3, 3.H.2, 3.H.2.1, 3.HG.1.3, 3.G.1.4, 3.G.1.6, 3.E.1, 3.E.1.1, 3.E.1.2, 3.E.2, 3.E.2.1, 3.E.2.2, 3.C.1, 3.C.1.1, 3.C.1.2. Fourth: Goals 4.G.1, 4.G.1.3, 4.G.1.4, 4.E.1, 4.E.1.4, 4.E.2, 4.E.2.2, 4.C.1, 4.C.1.1, 4.C.1.2. Fifth: Goals 5.G.1.2, 5.G.1.3, 5.G.1.4, 5.C.1.2. 

Science Essential Standards Met: Kindergarten: Goals K.P.1.1, K.P.1.2, K.P.2.1, K.P.2.2, K.E.1.1, K.E.1.2, K.E.1.3. First: Goals 1.P.1.2, 1.L.1.1, 1.L.1.2, 1.L.2.1, 1.L.2.2. Second: Goals 2.E.1.1, 2.E.1.3. Third: Goals 3.L.2.2, 3.P.3.1, 3.P.2.3, 3.P.3.2. Fourth: Goals 4.L.2.2, 4.P.3.1. Fifth: Goals 5.P.1.1, 5.P.2.1, 5.E.1.1. 

B. Life on the Farm
This program looks at the life of a yeoman farmer (subsistence farmer). Yeoman farmers represented the majority of North Carolinians during the 19th century. The program includes a tour of the barns, outbuildings, cabin, and animals, with a focus on the importance of animals to 19th century survival. 

Approximate Tour Length: 1-1.5 hours (depending on group size) Cost: $7.00 per person ($6.00 pp in January & February)

Common Core Goals Met: Kindergarten: Goals SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A. First: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A, SL1C. Second: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A, SL1C. Third: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1B, SL1C. Fourth: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL1B, SL1C. Fifth: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL1B, SL1C. 

Social Studies Essential Standards Met: Kindergarten: Goals K.G.1, K.G.1.3, K.G.1.4, K.G.2, K.G.2.1, K.G.2.2, K.H.1, K.H.1.1, K.H.1.2, K.H.1.3, K.E.1, K.E.1.1, K.E.1.2. First: Goals 1.H.1, 1.H.1.1, 1.g.1.1, 1.G.2, 1.G.2.1, 1.G.2.2, 1.G.2.3, 1.E.1, 1.E.1.1, 1.E.1.2, 1.E.1.3, 1.C.1. Second: Goals 2.G.2, 2.G.2.1, 2.E.1, 2.E.1.1, 2.E.1.3, 2.E.1.4. Third: Goals 3.H.1, 3.H.1.2, 3.H.1.3, 3.H.2, 3.H.2.1, 3.G.1.3, 3.G.1.4, 3.E.1, 3.E.1.1, 3.E.1.2, 3.E.2, 3.E.2.1, 3.E.2.2. Fourth: Goals 4.G.1, 4.G.1.3, 4.G.1.4, 4.E.1, 4.E.1.1. Fifth: Goals 5.G.1.2, 5.G.1.3, 5.C.1.2, 5.H.2.3. 

Science Essential Standards Met: Kindergarten: Goals K.L.1.1, K.L.1.2, K.P.1.1. First: Goals 1.L.1.1, 1.L.1.2, 1.L.1.3, 1.L.2.2, 1.P.1.1, 1.P.1.2. Second: Goals 2.L.1.1, 2.L.2.1, 2.P.2.1. Third: 3.L.1.1, 3.L.1.2. Fourth: Goals 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.3. Fifth Grade: Goals 5.P.3.1, 5.P.3.2, 5.L.3.1, 5.L.3.2. 

C. Civil War Soldier's Life
This program examines the times and lives of Northern and Southern soldiers during the American Civil War from 1861-1865. Taken from a viewpoint that neither favors nor discredits, this program discusses the political, social, and military aspects of this tragic conflict. An interpreter in period uniform will demonstrate the life of a Civil War soldier through a living history presentation that includes camp life, military equipment, uniforms, medicine, food, and military tactics. The loading and firing of a Civil War era musket is included in this demonstration. 

Approximate Tour Length: 1-1.5 hours Cost $7.00 per person ($6.00 pp in January & February)

Extended Programs are encouraged for students interactivity. 

Extended Program A
(approximately 2 hours) $12 per student*

This program includes the basic Civil War Soldier's Life program, plus a half hour of drill and instruction in the manual of arms, and kepis (hats) to keep. Students get a hands-on experience using a model musket and drill tactics! 

Extended Program B
(approximately 5 hours) $25 per student*


This unforgettable program includes the basic Civil War Soldier's Life Program, a Plantation Life program, an hour-long drill/skirmish, and a kepi (hat) to keep. In the five hours spent at the site, students will grasp the realities of war, as well as the realities the people left behind faced, those both free and enslaved. Latta Plantation will supply a loaner model musket for use during the program, or offers the option of buying all accouterments (accessories) to keep (Total program cost: $45/student). 

*Program availability and group size limits depend on staff and/or schedule availability. Please call for more details. 

Common Core Goals Met: Kindergarten: Goals SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A. First: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A, SL1C. Second: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A, SL1C. Third: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1B, SL1C. Fourth: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL1B, SL1C. Fifth: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL1B, SL1C. 

Social Studies Essential Standards Met: Third: Goals 3.H.1, 3.H.1.1, 3.H.2, 3.H.2.1, 3.H.2.2, 3.E.1, 3.E.1.1. Fourth: Goals 4.H.1.4, 4.H.1.3, 4.G.1.3, 4.G.1.4, 4.E.1.1. Fifth: Goals 5.H.1, 5.H.1.3, 5.H.2, 5.H.2.2, 5.H.2.3, 5.C.1, 5.C.1.4, 5.G.1, 5.G.1.2, 5.G.1.3, 5.G.1.4. Seventh: Goals 7.H.2.1. Eighth: 8.C.1.3, 8.C.1.4, 8.C.2.3, 8.G.1.3, 8.G.1.4, 8.G.2.3, 8.H.1, 8.H.2.1, 8.H.3.2. 

D. Back-country Mercantile
This program takes a look at Mr. Latta's early years as a traveling merchant. Even after he had built the plantation home, he continued to make the trip along the Great Wagon Road before focusing on planting full-time. From Charlotte, North Carolina to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and back again, he sold items from the cities to small backcountry stores and individual plantations and farms. After touring the Latta Plantation home, students will learn about the ways people obtained goods they could not produce themselves, and how those goods varied according to economic status. They will also get to try their own hand at trading! 
Approximate Tour Length: 1-1.5 hours
Cost: $7.00 per person ($6.00 pp in January & February)

Common Core Goals Met: Kindergarten: Goals SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A. First: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A, SL1C. Second: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A, SL1C. Third: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1B, SL1C. Fourth: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL1B, SL1C. Fifth: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL1B, SL1C. 

Social Studies Essential Standards Met: Kindergarten: Goals K.C.1.2, K.H.1.1, K.E.1, K.E.1.1, K.E.1.2, K.G.1, K.G.1.2. First: Goals 1.H.1, 1.H.1.1, 1.G.2, 1.G.2.1, 1.G.2.2, 1.G.2.3, 1.E.1, 1.E.1.1, 1.E.1.2, 1.E.1.3, 1.C.1.1, 1.G.1.1. Second: Goals 2.G.1, 2.G.1.1, 2.G.2, 2.G.2.1, 2.E.1, 2.E.1.1, 2.E.1.2, 2.E.1.3, 2.E.1.4, 2.E.1.5, 2.C.1.1. Third: Goals 3.G.1.3, 3.G.1.4, 3.G.1.6, 3.E.1.1, 3.E.1.2, 3.E.2, 3.E.2.1, 3.E.2.2, 3.C.2, 3.C.2.1, 3.C.2.2, 3.C.2.3, 3.G.2, 3.G.2.1, 3.G.2.3. Fourth: Goals 4.H.1.3, 4.G.1.1, 4.E.1, 4.E.1.1, 4.E.1.2, 4.E.1.4, 4.E.2.1, 4.E.2.2. Fifth: Goals 5.G.1.4, 5.E.2, 5.E.2.1, 5.E.2.2, 5.C.1, 5.C.1.3. 

E. Soldiers of the American Revolution
This program examines the times and lives of the soldiers in the American Revolution, from 1775 to 1783. Discussion on the political, social, and military aspects of the War for American Independence will also be explored. An interpreter will be in historic time period apparel and will demonstrate the life of a soldier through a living history presentation that includes camp life, military equipment, uniforms, medicine, food, and military tactics. The loading and firing of a Brown Bess Musket, used by the British as well as the American Patriot, will be included in the demonstration.
Approximate Tour Length: 1-1.5 hours
Cost: $7.00 per person ($6.00 pp in January & February)

Extended Programs are encouraged for students interactivity. 


Extended Program A 
(approximately 2 hours) $12 per student* This program includes the basic Revolutionary War Soldier's Life program, plus a half hour of drill and instruction in the manual of arms, and tricorn hats to keep. Students get a hands-on experience using a model musket and drill tactics!

Common Core Goals Met: Kindergarten: Goals SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A. First: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A, SL1C. Second: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A, SL1C. Third: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1B, SL1C. Fourth: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL1B, SL1C. Fifth: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL1B, SL1C. 

Social Studies Essential Standards Met: Third: Goals 3.H.1, 3.H.1.1, 3.H.1.3, 3.E.1.1. Fourth: Goals 4.H.1.4, 4.H.1.3, 4.H.1.4, 4.H.2, 4.H.2.2, 4.E.2, 4.E.2.1, 4.E.2.2. Fifth: Goals 5.H.1, 5.H.1.1, 5.H.1.2, 5.H.1.3, 5.H.2.1, 5.H.2.3, 5.G.1, 5.G.1.4, 5.E.1.1, 5.E.2, 5.C.1., 5.C.1.3, 5.C.1.4, 5.G.1.3. Seventh: Goals 7.H.2.1. Eighth: Goals 8.H.1, 8.H.2.1, 8.H.2.2, 8.H.3.3, 8.C.1.2, 8.G.1.2. 

F. Mind Your Beeswax
The Mind Your Beeswax Program introduces students to the amazing lives of honeybees (NC's state insect) and their importance on farms in the 19th century and today. Life inside a hive is incredibly organized and productive, allowing honeybees to be irreplaceable assets to farm life. They are responsible for 80% of all insect pollination! Students will see the evolution of the hive from colonial times to the present, learn about the processes that create honey and beeswax, visit Latta's three hives of honeybees and make small beeswax candles to keep! This program meets both social studies and science competency goals for the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
Approximate Program Length: 1-1.5 hours
Cost: $8 per student

Common Core Goals Met: Kindergarten: Goals SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A. First: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A, SL1C. Second: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1A, SL1C. Third: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL6, SL1B, SL1C. Fourth: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL1B, SL1C. Fifth: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL1B, SL1C. 

Social Studies Essential Standards Met: Kindergarten: Goals K.H.1.1, K.H.1.2, K.G.2, K.G.2.2, K.E.1.1, K.E.1.2. First: Goals 1.H.1, 1.H.1.1, 1.G.2, 1.G.2.1, 1.G.2.2, 1.G.2.3, 1.E.1, 1.E.1.1, 1.E.1.2, 1.E.1.3. Second: Goals 2.G.2, 2.G.2.1, 2.G.2.2, 2.E.1, 2.E.1.1, 2.E.1.2, 2.E.1.3. Third: Goals 3.H.1, 3.H.1.1, 3.H.2.1, 3.G.1, 3.G.1.3, 3.G.1.4, 3.E.1, 3.E.1.1, 3.E.1.2, 3.E.2, 3.E.2.2. Fourth: Goals 4.H.1.1, 4.H.1.3, 4.H.2, 4.G.1, 4.G.1.2, 4.G.1.4, 4.E.1, 4.E.1.1, 4.E.1.2, 4.E.1.4, 4.E.2.2, 4.H.2.2. Fifth: Goals 5.H.1.1, 5.G.1, 5.G.1.1, 5.G.1.2, 5.G.1.3, 5.G.1., 5.E.1, 5.E.1.2. 

Science Essential Standards Met: Kindergarten: Goals K.P.1.1, K.P.1.2, K.P.2.1, K.P.2.2, K.E.1.1, K.L.1.1, K.L.1.2. First: Goals 1.L.1.1, 1.L.1.2, 1.L.1.3, 1.L.2.2. Second: Goals 2.L.1.1, 2.L.1.2, 2.L.2.1, 2.L.2.2. Third: Goals 3.L.2.1, 3.L.2.2, 3.L.2.3. Fourth: Goals 4.L.1.1, 4.L.1.2, 4.L.1.3, 4.L.1.4. Fifth: Goals 5.L.2.1, 5.L.2.2, 5.L.2.3, 5.L.3.1. 

G. A Ride on the Underground Railroad
This program explores the world of the underground railroad, including information on slave life, slave states versus free states, the dangers of running away, and more. Students will also embark on a scavenger hunt around the plantation, searching for clues to successfully escape to freedom, with conductors to guide them along the way. This program also includes a tour of the house. This program is for 4th grade and up only! 

Cost $8.00 per student ($7.00 pp in January & February)

Common Core Goals Met: Fourth: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL1B, SL1C. Fifth: SL2, SL3, SL4, SL1B, SL1C. 

Social Studies Essential Standards Met: Fourth Goals 4.H.1, 4.G.1.3, 4.C.1.1. Fifth: Goals 5.G.1.4, 5.E.1.1, 5.E.1.2, 5.C.1, 5.C.1.2, 5.C.1.3, 5.C.1.4. 



Due to a cut in funding from the Arts and Science Council, we have been forced to increase our programing cost.  The ASC grant helped to offset the cost of our programing, without it we have to supplement the loss with a small increase of up to $1 dollar.  Please note that prices for basic programs are cheaper during the months of January and February. 

 
 

Add-on Programs
These mini programs can be added to any basic program and prove to be a great chance for kids to see demonstrations and/or do a hands-on activity!

Available All Year

A. 19th Century Schoolhouse Students will learn about 19th century schools and how they compare to modern learning experiences. Children get to use hornbooks, slates, and more as they go back in time for an educational experience they will not forget! $1.50 per student ** 

B. Farm Animal Tour (already included in Life on the Farm tour) Students will meet our heritage farm animals and learn about what each animal contributed to farm life. Most of these animals are now considered rare or endangered breeds. $1.50 per student * 

C. Woodworking Demonstration Students will learn about primitive woodworking techniques, see examples of period tools, and see an actual woodworking demonstration.$1.50 per student*

D. House Tour If a house tour is not already included in a program, one can be included as an add-on. $2.50 per student * 

E. Fire Starting See how fires were started before the days of matches and lighters. A demonstrator will show students how early Americans started friction fires using flint and steel, magnifying glasses, and charcloth. $1.50 per student*

F. 19th Century Music Learn about European and African instruments of the 19th century and how music was such an important part of artistic expression and culture! $1.50 per student ** 

G. English Country Dancing Learn how to dance in the 19th century fashion. English Country Dancing was popular at weddings, parties, and community events.$1.50 per student **

Available Fall/Winter


H. Candle Dipping Each student will have the opportunity to dip a birthday size candle to take home. During this program, the children will learn how candles were hand-dipped in the early 1800s. $2.50 per student **! 

I. Cotton Processing Students will be able to go to the garden and learn about the importance of growing cotton and the process from planting to ginning. Only available when cotton is ripe, generally late September through early December. $1.50 per student*

Available Spring 

J. Cornhusk Doll Making: Students have the opportunity to make cornhusk dolls to take home. This opportunity allows the students to make toys as children did in the 19th century. $2.50 per student **!

K. 19th Century Games: The students will participate in outdoor games that were played by children 200 years ago. $1.50 per student **

L. Gold Panning: Students will pan for gold at the Miner's Cabin. $2.00 per student **!


Click here to see the Curriculum Goals met by our add-on programs!
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  • All tours are subject to the availability of supplies and staff. Please notify us if you have any special requests.
  • With each additional program, the length of the program will be extended or the basic tour will be reduced to accommodate your schedule if needed. 

Summer Program Offerings

A. Soldiers Life Program -
This program will be a visual presentation focusing on camp life, equipment, uniforms, medicine, and food from both the American Revolution and Civil War. An interpreter will be in either Revolutionary or Civil War uniform and will have uniforms and gear from both sides of each conflict on display. You can choose which era the interpreter will dress in. The loading and firing of either/or a Brown Bess Flintlock/Civil War era musket is included in the demonstration. 
Approximate Tour Length: 1-1.5 hours
Cost: $6.00 per student

B. Mind Your Beeswax Program- This program introduces students to the amazing lives of honeybees (NC's state insect) and their importance on farms in the 19th century and today. Life inside a hive is incredibly organized and productive, allowing honeybees to be irreplaceable assets to farm life. They are responsible for 80% of all insect pollination! Students will see the evolution of the hive from colonial times to the present, learn about the processes that create honey and beeswax, visit Latta's three hives of honeybees, play a game, and make small beeswax candles to keep! This program meets both social studies and science competency goals for the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
Approximate Program Length: 1-1.5 hours
Cost: $7 per student

C. A Short Ride on the Underground RR- Students will be given a short introduction into the Underground Railroad and do a scavenger hunt based on what they learned. They will also make a whirligig toy to keep. Appropriate for rising third graders and up.
Approximate Tour Length: 1 hour
Cost $6.00 per student

Add-on Programs - ONE of the following can be added to the three full length programs for the listed price or Build Your Own Program by choosing THREE of the programs listed below.
Each add-on lasts approximately 20 minutes. 

House Tour- $2.50 per student
Kitchen Tour- $2.00 per student
Candles- $2.50 per student
Cornhusk Dolls- $2.50 per student
Gold Panning- $2.50 per student
Games $2.00 per student
Schoolhouse $2.00 per student
Animals $2.00 per student
Firestarting $2.00 per student
Woodworking $2.00 per student
Music $2.00 per student
Dancing $2.00 per student

 
 
 
 
 
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