Robert Gamble came to Manatee County Florida in 1844 and built his large plantation in Ellenton/ Palmetto with slave labor over 4-5 years. The sugar plantation grew to 3500 acres including a dock right on the Manatee River for shipping out sugar and molasses to New Orleans. At its peak they think there were 200 slaves working the land. Below is a view from the second floor porches looking through the tabby (homemade concrete) columns. The plantation is now a state park and houses are maintained by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and they hold gatherings at the house in full period dress.