Gamble Plantation
Ellenton, Florida

Gamble Plantation

Gamble mansion decorated for Open House December 10, 2017.

Once a former sugar plantation, Gamble Plantation Historic State Park is now headquarters for the Florida Division UDC. Our Chapter members volunteer annually for its winter open house serving as decorators, docents, and helpers to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Built between 1845-1850 by Major Robert Gamble, Jr., it is the only surviving antebellum structure in southern Florida. Falling into disrepair after the War Between the States, the UDC purchased the property in 1925 and donated it to the state of Florida as a memorial to Judah P. Benjamin. Mr. Benjamin was a lawyer by trade and served as Secretary of State for the Confederate States of America under President Jefferson Davis. In May 1865, Mr. Benjamin stayed in the home to escape Union soldiers before sailing to England.