Thursday, March 11, 2010

Gamble Mansion

Last week end my friend Diane and I visited the Confederate War memorial at Gamble Plantation. March is Manatee Historic Month here and there are special events and free open house for all the historic places in our county.

Gamble Plantation Historic State Park is  located in Ellenton, Florida. It consists of an antebellum mansion that was the home of Major Robert Gamble and 16 acres of the surrounding sugar plantation. When Major Gamble lived there he owned 3300 acres.

The mansion was built by Major Robert Gamble on land granted to him under the terms of the Armed Occupation Act
This is the side view of the home and the low roof is the cystern for the house water supply. Confederate Soldiers camped out under these old oaks that are still standing, during the Civil War.
The American Civil War (1861–1865) was a major war between the United States (the "Union") and eleven Southern slave states that declared their secession and formed the Confederate States of America, led by President Jefferson Davis. The Union, led by President Abraham Lincoln

Can anyone guess what this is? if you are from the South you might know. Answer tomorrow.
My next few blogs will cover the inside and outside of the home and the soldiers that were camped on the property, but I promise I will not post ALL the photos I took. COMING SOON, more What is this from the mansion.


Beverly said...

I know, I know, but I won't tell. My grandpa had one. When I went to Haiti, I was out in the country one day, and someone showed me one. They thought it would be something new to me, but it wasn't.

Unfortunately, there was a young Haitian man who lost an arm while using one.

Ginny said...

Well, first, I love the way you've organized this! All the furnishings, etc., are on the right column. That's cool. And I love the old utensils hanging over the fire. I wouldn't mind if you DID post all the pictures! I love looking at people's trips! How cool you will add guessing games to the posts, and I know what this one is! But if I say, then everyone else will not be able to take a fair guess. Let's just say they're found in the backwoods mostly and are surely southern. I don't think I've ever seen one up close like this, though, so what a FUN picture!!!

Ginny said...

The duck crossing picture was taken probably less than a week ago. There are still patches of snow and huge mounds of it in places where the sun doesn't get, even though it's been over 60 degrees on some days.

SquirrelQueen said...

Having grown up in the heart of Dixie I love seeing the old antebellum plantations.

Well so far everyone is holding in their guess. I have seen this same set up used for different purposes. Since this was a sugar plantation I would think it's for getting the 'juice' out of the sugar cane. It was turned by two mules or oxen.

Speaking of sweet stuff, does anyone ever see Sorghum syrup any more?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

It's a thrashing wheel.... They thrashed their wheat--and used animals who went round and round...

I love visiting the old plantations --and my hubby really enjoys anything having to do with the Civil War. He's a huge Robert E. Lee fan.....

Thanks for sharing this!!! Can't wait to see more.

We had a wonderful Birthday celebration and got home today!!! I'll post a blog tomorrow morning.

DawnTreader said...

You do have an interesting way of changing your blog header and sidebar pictures to go along with your current postings. Nice presentation.

Anonymous said...

Striking architecture!

I have no idea what that is.

Good post - I'll be back for more. Happy weekend :o)

Catherine said...

What a beautiful place - beautiful pictures.

My guess - it was used for cooking syrup, with horses/mules attached to the limb and walking in circles.