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Gamble Plantation State Historic Site

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Ellenton

The Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial at Gamble Plantation State Historic Site serves as a memorial to a way of life and an economic system that existed before the War Between the States. Gamble Mansion is the only surviving plantation house in south Florida.

The mansion was the home of Major Robert Gamble and headquarters of an extensive sugar plantation of over 3,500 acres. Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin took refuge in the house after the fall of the Confederacy, until his safe passage to England could be secured.

In 1925, the mansion and 16 acres were saved by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and donated to the state. Today, it is furnished in the style of a successful mid-19th century plantation. The site is open Thursday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gamble Plantation State Historic Site is located in Ellenton on U.S. 301 E.

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