“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ellenton in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Gamble Sugar Cane Mill

Gamble Sugar Cane Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, July 27, 2013
1. Gamble Sugar Cane Mill Marker
Inscription. In 1842, as the Second Seminole War drew to a conclusion, Major Robert Gamble, Jr. established a sugar cane plantation along the banks of the Manatee River, as did others including Hector and Joseph Braden, William Craig and William Wyatt. By 1850 Major Gamble's plantation included over 3,000 acres of land, one hundred slaves, and a sugar mill that housed the best sugar processing machinery then available in the South. During the 1840's and early 1850's, Gamble was the leading producer of sugar and molasses in Florida. Falling prices and steadily mounting debts finally forced Major Gamble to sell the plantation to two Louisiana planters in 1858. With the outbreak of the Civil War, these men terminated their operation, and after selling most of the slaves and machinery, they abandoned the plantation. In 1873, the Mansion and approximately 3,000 acres of land were purchased at public auction by George Patten but the sugar mill was not restored to operation at this or any subsequent time.
Erected 1973 by Manatee County Historical Society in cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-218.)
Location. 27° 31.815′ N, 82° 31.683′ W. Marker is in Ellenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is on Ellenton-Gillette Road 0.1 miles north of 17th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ellenton FL 34222, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gamble Mansion and Plantation (approx. half a mile away); Craig Sugar Mill Chimney (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Atwood Grove and Origin of World's 1st Pink Grapefruit / (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lincoln Memorial High School (approx. 2.1 miles away); Old Memphis Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Edmund Lee Family Graveyard and the Lonesome Grave/William R. Whitaker House (approx. 2˝ miles away); First Settler's Homesite (approx. 2˝ miles away); Manatee Mineral Spring (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ellenton.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .  Sugar Cane Mill Ruins. (Submitted on July 28, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
Categories. Agriculture
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 26 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 28, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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