A Cotswold sheep stares at an inquisitive visitor while a living historian enters a Latta barn. (Courtesy Latta Plantation)
An early-19th-century cotton plantation and living-history farm located within Latta Plantation Nature Preserve north of Charlotte. Take a guided tour of the Latta home and roam the grounds for rare breeds of historic livestock. Also, check out the process of growing short-staple cotton and visit the honeybee exhibit. Admission: $9 adults; $8 students and seniors. Open Tu-Sa, 10 am-5 pm (tours on the hour between 11 am-4-pm); Su, 1-5 pm (tours on the hour between 2-4 pm).