Sitting opposite one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in Ireland, our Donegal Visitor Attraction contains a wealth of information from the Plantation of Ulster to the present day. A nearby, inscribed commemoration stone marks the site where the first Ulster Scots congregation of the Lagan worshiped. Visitors will appreciate the picturesque, unspoiled landscape of the Lowlands of Donegal.
The Centre contains four themed exhibition rooms, each dedicated to a particular period of history. The Living History Garden contains exhibits that remind us of the architecture, and agricultural industries, of the past. Visitors can view a Round House, Plantation Cottage, Forge and Flax patch.
THE JEWEL OF THE LAGGAN
Monreagh Heritage Centre is housed within a beautifully restored Victorian manse, with spectacular views of the lowlands of East Donegal. It is just a fifteen-minute drive from the historic city of Derry-Londonderry, and approximately 20 minutes from Letterkenny. Each room of the former manse focuses on a particular aspect of Ulster-Scots and Scots-Irish history. This allows visitors to gain a unique insight into the contributions that people from the Laggan region have made to industry and politics, particularly in the United States of America and Canada.
Many former United States presidents and industrialists have ancestral connections with the area, most note-worthily Presidents James Buchanan and James K. Polk. During the 17th and 18th century, many people immigrated from this region to ‘New World’ America.
As part of a self-guided tour, visitors can view a rarely seen collection of original photographs, paintings, and other memorabilia. A selection of local historical records is also available which helps visitors to trace their family history. A few yards from the Visitor Center is a seventeenth century Scottish Church that was established in 1644. A congregation still worships there to the present day.
The Centre hosts regular music, cultural and industrial events, as well as a ‘Living History’ schools’ projects.