Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, Ellenton

Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, also known as the Gamble Mansion, is a Florida State Park located in Ellenton, Florida, on the Manatee River and US 301. It consists of the antebellum mansion developed by its first owner, Major Robert Gamble; a 40,000-gallon cistern to provide the household with fresh water; and 16acre of the former sugarcane plantation. At its peak, the plantation included 3,500 acres, and Gamble likely held more than 200 slaves to work the property and process the sugarcane.The mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Robert Gamble House on August 12, 1970. Its columns and two-foot-thick walls are constructed of tabby, a regional material developed as a substitute for brick.The park also includes the restored wood-frame, two-story, Victorian-style Patten House, built in 1872 for owner George Patten. In 1925, the mansion and grounds were purchased by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and donated to the state as a memorial to Judah P. Benjamin, who served in three Cabinet positions under Confederate President Jefferson Davis during the American Civil War. He stayed at the plantation in May 1865, before escaping Union forces and sailing to England, where he had a second career.
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  • Very interesting tour! Its not a long tour but the plantation has alot of history from the 1800s and during the Civil War. Ranger Jesse is the best tour guide! He definitely takes pride in the propert...  more »
  • Wow. Jesse did a great job of providing the history of the Gamble plantation. This house was kept up with the period appropriate decor. The tour guide was very informed. Loved this.  more »
  • ...this restored sugar plantation house really gives you an idea of what transpired here in Florida in the 1800's. Kudos to the Florida state parks for not sweeping the slave history under the rug her...  more »
  • Had an awesome and informative tour conducted by Ranger Jesse with help from Ranger Richard! They were both extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the grounds and the part (good & bad) it played in the history of our country. In many ways you will find that the place speaks to you in it's own way! You will learn how some popular coloqueisms came to be. Like "pop goes the weasel"!
  • My experience was very interesting. The people that spoke with us about each room in the gamble mansion were knowledgeable. I have lived in Parrish for most of my life and still learned some things I didn't know. I enjoyed Lela very much she was very very knowledgeable.
  • Small park. The Gamble house is the main attraction. Park ranger (I wish I got his name) was full of good humor and informative, even though I caught him on his lunch break. Weddings occur here often.
  • Great tour from the ranger. Interesting stories about people and life of the times. Well worth a stop for history buffs
  • Tours cost $6 for adults and take approx. 45 minutes. The building is hi add historically relevant as an original example of an antebellum home and original structure built in Manatee County. Built circa 1845 the property has lush grounds, picnic areas and lovely flora.

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