History of Mansion Memorial Park and Funeral Home

The story of Groover Funeral Home and Mansion Memorial Park dates back to the mid-1800s. Situated adjacent to the historic Gamble Mansion, the cemetery originally served as the burial ground for the 3,500-acre sugar plantation and its magnificent antebellum mansion, built in the 1840s by Major Robert Gamble. The mansion later served as a refuge for Judah P. Benjamin, Confederate Secretary of State, before he escaped to England in 1865. It is the only surviving plantation house in South Florida. Many of the old headstones in the cemetery date back to that period, and still lie beneath a canopy of Spanish moss-covered trees. As time passed, the cemetery became known as Ellenton Cemetery, and today it maintains its heritage as the resting place for many members of the area's original families. From those long-ago days to the present day, the people of Manatee County have been served by this beautiful facility.

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