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Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, Ellenton

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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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  • I visited with my wife and grown up daughter on a trip away from Disney seeking some real life history. We were welcomed by Jesse, our personal guide to the house and its history. A really interesting...  more »
  • If you are interested in Florida history, this is a wonderful location to visit and learn. The tour was excellent and the guide was very informative. It is not easily accessible for those with walking...  more »
  • I would have given this a five but the information center was closed on Saturday. We walked around and peeked into windows. It normally is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. As I walked around was I was...  more »
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  • It was wonderful. Our guide was informative and fun. I loved the story about hush puppies. My sister and I had a great time. The admission was reasonable too. Thanks.
  • If you enjoy the historical south, this place is a treat. In the middle of a residential area, you think at first you won't get into it. Then, you're instantly lost in the history and beauty of it all.
  • This plantation house is definitely worth the stop. Jane Patterson, our guide, did an excellent job in bringing the house to life. She was thorough and entertaining.
  • A great way to step back in time. The mansion is beautiful and a wonder to see. The guides are knowledgeable and wonderful storytellers.
  • It was a very fun interestig look into FL. History. We all know about life in the eastern midatlantic, the Civil War south and the North East. However there is very little history of FL. This is a great museum, tour, and plantation. Lots of activities to see at various special events.