Gamble Mansion and Plantation

Gamble Mansion and Plantation (HMA6Y)

Location: Ellenton, FL 34222 Manatee County
Country: United States of America

N 27° 31.345', W 82° 31.603'

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[Marker Front]:
At the close of the Seminole War in 1842, this frontier was opened to settlement. Major Robert Gamble and other sugar planters soon located along the rich Manatee River valley, and by 1845 a dozen plantations were producing for the New Orleans market. The Gamble Mansion, built principally of native materials, 1845-1850, is an outstanding example of ante-bellum construction and stands today as a monument to pioneer ingenuity and craftsmanship. The plantation included 3500 acres, numerous outbuildings, slave quarters, and wharf from which sugar and molasses were shipped by schooner and steamboat.

[Marker Reverse]:
The Gamble sugar mill, one of the south's largest, was destroyed by Union raiders in 1864. Ruins are located 1/2 mile north on State Road 683. During the Civil War the mansion was the home of Captain Archibald McNeill, famous Confederate blockade runner. Judah P. Benjamin, Confederate Secretary of State, took refuge here during May 1865 while making his escape from Federal troops following defeat of the Confederacy. The mansion was rescued from decay in 1923 by the Judah P. Benjamin Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
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HM NumberHMA6Y
Series This marker is part of the United Daughters of the Confederacy series
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Marker NumberF-162
Year Placed1969
Placed ByFlorida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials in cooperation with the Judah P. Benjamin Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 6:35pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 349222 N 3045228
Decimal Degrees27.52241667, -82.52671667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 31.345', W 82° 31.603'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 31' 20.70" N, 82° 31' 36.18" W
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Area Code(s)941
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1001-1019 Central Ave, Ellenton FL 34222, US
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