View Full Version : Road trip to the Gamble Plantation

09-04-2013, 04:20 PM
We drove The Wonder Falcon 50 miles south from Tampa to Ellenton to visit the Gamble Plantation State Park.

"This antebellum mansion was home to Major Robert Gamble and headquarters of an extensive sugar plantation. It is the only surviving plantation house in South Florida. It is believed that Confederate Secretary of State, Judah P. Benjamin, took refuge here after the fall of the Confederacy, until his safe passage to England could be secured. In 1925, the house and 16 acres were saved by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and donated to the State of Florida".


See: http://www.floridastateparks.org/gambleplantation/


On the way back we stopped at the Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum. "The Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum, Inc. was founded in 1981 to acquire, protect, preserve and operate interesting and historic examples of railroad rolling stock, artifacts, and other aspects of railroad history, with emphasis on railroads that served the state of Florida. Operated entirely by volunteers, the museum is located in Manatee County at the town of Parrish on US 301. The museum operates excursion trains consisting of its own rolling stock each weekend, year round. Trains include open window coaches, air conditioned coach and lounge cars and cabooses. "

The Falcon looks little compared to the modern two-door Acura: