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Gamble Plantation Historic State Park - Ellenton Florida

The mansion itself was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on August 12, 1970.

The first white child born in the area was Mary Jane, born to Josiah and Mary Gates in 1842. During the following years a number of families settled in the area. Reverend Edmund Lee and his wife Electa, who became the first teacher for the Village of Manatee, were followed by the families of Gamble, Wyatt, Ware, Ledwith, Reed, Craig, Whitaker, Snell, Glazier, Jackson, Turmon, and Braden. Major Robert Gamble came to own the largest and most thoroughly equipped sugar plantation in America. This plantation is now known as the Gamble Mansion, in Ellenton Florida.

The park offers tours and has picnic tables. The picnic tables are open from 8:00 am to sunset 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Attractions - The grounds of Gamble Plantation contain the mansion, where tours are given through the house, a visitor center and a picnic area where the visitor can relax and enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds. Guided tours of the house are given six times a day, Thursday through Monday and there are picnic tables on the grounds. The visitor center is open from 9:00 a.m.- 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursday through Monday; it is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year´s Day. Tickets for a guided tour of the mansion can be purchased in the visitor center.

Picnic tables and restrooms are available on site.

An Open House is "sometimes"* held in March, hosted jointly by the Florida Park Service and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Visitors are treated to entertainment on the grounds, tours through the mansion and ladies and gentlemen in period costumes. Many crafters display wares reminiscent of the antebellum period. Contact the Visitor Center for Information.

Location - Gamble Plantation State Historic Site is located in Ellenton on U.S. Highway 301. Take Interstate 75 to exit # 224. Then go west on US 301 for 1 mile.

* Admission, events, and dates are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm.

Gamble Mansion
3708 Patten Avenue
Ellenton, Florida
Phone: (941) 723-4536

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