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“Enjoyable, try to go early if there when sunny and warm due to the temps.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gamble Plantation Historic State Park

Gamble Plantation Historic State Park
Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
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136 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Enjoyable, try to go early if there when sunny and warm due to the temps.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

It was not as large as I thought it would be as far as the tour was concerned. Our tour guide was excellent ( a former teacher) and I enjoyed her stories of the history of the property and all the different owners over the years. The little museum was informative as well. I had wished for some slave quarters etc. but there were none left. We went and with the breeze it was nice, but when there wasn't any or we were indoors at times it was stifling - that is the reason for the going earlier in the day when it is warm out. There were a lot of steps and I noticed some of the older folks had some trouble navigating some of the places. There were deep window sills and sometimes benches for folks to sit on during some of the tour.

Visited February 2013
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Parrish, Florida
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“Nice to Know”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

I visited this place last February 3, 2013 for their annual festival. Not much to see at the park but I learned interesting stories about history and architecture - (why bedrooms are located on second floor, the Spanish Moss pillows, the rope bed and old fashioned stuff). Recommended length of stay: 30 minutes

Visited February 2013
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“Ole Time Florida”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

The Grounds looking off of the main road looks as though you were transported back in time nearly 150 years ago. Beautiful Live Oaks Draping their Spanish Moss. The Tour Guide was most informative. His explanations of how life was back then was fantastic. IE the way the women had to work so hard on the grounds that before nightfall, the ladies would take their brooms out and sweep hundreds of yards of sand just so that if a Native American came on the property, their trails could be easily followed. All around Fantastic Time !

Visited December 2012
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Longboat Key, Florida
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“Interesting part of local Florida history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

Visited Gamble Mansion for their Holiday Open House. Both the mansion and the family homestead were decorated for Christmas as they would have been during the 1800's and early 1900's. The volunteer staff were dressed in period attire and very helpful and friendly. They also had various events going on around the houses such as a small confederate camp. We spent several hours at the park as we went through the guided tours of the homes. On a normal day, you can be in and out of both houses in less than an hour. If you are in the area, it's worth a visit as this is one of the only surviving plantation houses in south Florida. The Holiday Open House was particularly a good day to visit and wasn't that crowded.

Visited December 2012
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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“ANTEBELLUM MANSION”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

Situated less than 2 miles from the I75 this is an easy to find state park but be warned - the turn off is from a fast moving dual carriageway and you need to anticipate the turn off if you want to avoid a rear end shunt!

Built in the mid 1800s, the mansion is the only one of its kind on Florida's west coast and is the oldest building in Manatee County. Visitors will learn about a way of life and and economic system that were swept away by the Civil War (courtesy of the visitor brochure).

Coming from the UK this age period is classed as modern to us and so we found it interesting to learn a bit about the life and times of a relatively new country. There is a visitor centre, complete with some interesting displays, rest room facilities and separate picnic areas. Entrance to the State Park is free but a tour of the mansion (approx 40 mins) is a very reasonable $6 and for that we had a personal Ranger to guide us as we were the only visitors. The furniture is not original from the house but "of the period". The guide was extremely informative and we learnt many interesting facts about house, plantation and owners - for instance, why the back section of the house is separate from the front section (to keep kitchen heat away from the main house) and the mansions connection with the Confederate Secretary of State, Judah Philip Benjamin. Unfortunately the separate Patten House is only open to the public three times a year (this was a later building by a subsequent owner and dating from between 1904-12).

Overall, a recommended couple of hours which will enrich your understanding of a bygone era but make sure you check the website for tour times (currently 0930/1030/1300/1400/1500/1600 - Thu thro Mon) as there aren't any gardens etc to take up a lot of your time in between.

Visited November 2012
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