The Florida State Park Plein Air Painting Tour – Painting each of Florida's State Parks on location
The full name of this state park is actually the Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park – whew! what a long name!
This majestic columned plantation home sits right on busy US Hwy 301 in Ellenton, near Bradenton. The home has a long history dating back to when it was built as a sugar planation in 1849. Back then the home sat on 3,500 acres along the Manatee River, it is now down to just 10 acres. It survived through the civil war, hurricanes and neglect. In 1927 the house was deeded to the state and renovations began to bring the house back to its stately presence.
The massive tabby columns (made of crushed shells) are what make this home so unique, so I set up my gear to paint the front of the home. It was a sunny mild Sunday afternoon and there weren’t many people around. As I painted, I kept having the feeling that someone was walking up behind me. I would turn around to see who was there and there would be no one! This must’ve happened at least a dozen times while I painted. I kept telling myself the noises were just squirrels!
For more information about this park visit their website