Gamble Mansion Tour - 23rd January 2017
On Monday, January 23rd, twenty-two members of UPWC enjoyed a fabulous trip back in time to the year 1845 and they experienced what life was like on an extensive Southwest Florida sugar plantation. This ante-bellum mansion was home to Major Robert Gamble and the headquarters of his sugar plantation. It's columns and two foot thick walls are constructed of tabby, a regional material developed as a substitute for brick. It is the only surviving plantation house in South Florida. At it's peak, the plantation included 3,500 acres, and Major Gamble likely held more than 200 slaves to work the property and process the sugar cane. Next to the house is a covered, 40,000-gallon cistern which Gamble had built to supply the household's fresh water needs. Our excellent volunteer tour guide was well versed in all the facets of the Gamble Mansion as well as South Florida history. The mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Robert Gamble House.
Lunch at Gio's at Ellenton Outlet Mall