Gamble Place

Guests to Gamble Place can step back in time to experience the same pristine environment that James N. Gamble (of Procter & Gamble) found so inviting during his first visit to the area in the late 1800's. This 175-acre property, included in the National Register of Historic Places features an historic home, cottage and Citrus Packing House. The "Florida cracker-style" house, named "Egwanulti" (a Native American word meaning "by the water"), was built in 1907, and was used as a winter retreat. The once privately-owned Citrus Packing House is the only one currently in existence in its original location in Florida. This vanishing piece of history is significant to Florida and our visitors. 

In addition to the buildings, visitors can observe wildlife, ancient cypress trees and beautiful azalea blossoms.

Located at 1819 Taylor Road in Port Orange, 1.5 miles west of I-95. Exit 256 and go west on Taylor Road (SR 421) approximately 1.5 miles. At the Florida Historic Site marker, turn left down the 2-lane shell road. Gamble Place is approximately .5 miles down the shell road. 

 

Hours & Prices 

Gamble Place is opened for group tours and scheduled events and lectures. 

 

April 4

2:00pm-3:00pm

Porch Talk at Gamble Place: Prehistoric Florida - Land of Giants

Join Senior Curator of Education and Curator of History, James “Zach” Zacharias, and learn about the geologic makeup of Florida’s ancient past.  Examine fossils to discover how paleontologists identify the massive ice age animals that once roamed Volusia County and Florida. Learn how these animals may have gone extinct at the hands of prehistoric man.

Admission free for members or $5.00 for non-members, cash only, rsvp recommended – 386.255.0285

 

May 9

2:00pm-3:00pm

Front Porch Talk and Nature Walk at Gamble Place: Ecology of Gamble Preserve

Put on your walking shoes and join Senior Curator of Education, James “Zach” Zacharias, for a tour of the unique ecosystems that make up the pristine “Gamble Preserve.”

Free for members or $5.00 for non-members, cash only, rsvp recommended – 386.255.0285

 

Group Tours are available by appointment. Please call 386.255.0285 for information.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children 6 to 17; children 5 and under and MOAS members will be admitted for free

 

Please note that admission can only be paid with cash or check.  We do not accept credit cards at this time.

 

More About Gamble Place
James N. Gamble: Florida's First Winter Resident - 
Visitors are often surprised to learn that James N. Gamble, of Procter and Gamble fame, was responsible for the construction of this rustic winter home in the backwoods of western Port Orange, Florida. Indeed, he, a wealthy Cincinnati businessman, built his Cracker-style cottage in the middle of the county to compliment a more luxurious seasonal estate along the Halifax River. Features like the crescent moon cutout shutters and rustic appearance reflect the imaginative, yet sensible, character of James Gamble, quite possibly the first and most persistent winter traveler to Florida.

 

Of Procter and Gamble Fame
James Gamble was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Kenyon College in 1854. Upon the advice of his father, he went into the manufacturing business, working his way up through the ranks at the Procter and Gamble factory, eventually managing the company until his retirement in 1890. It was during his tenure as supervisor that Gamble employed a young inventor, Thomas Edison, to solve a communications problem at the factory. The result was the creation of the first teletype machine. It was also during this period when the famous Ivory Soap was invented, or rather discovered, by a workman who on his lunch break inadvertently left a blending machine on, which beat extra air into the soap mix.

The History of Gamble Place
A frequent winter visitor, Gamble discovered this western Port Orange land by way of Spruce Creek in the 1890s. An avid outdoorsman, he found that this magnificent place had much to offer. He purchased 175 acres on April 6, 1898, from George W. Leffman. Around 1907, Gamble built his hunting and fishing retreat and the adjacent orange packing barn.

Gamble's fondness for rustic southern country architecture is reflected in the design of the main house. Gamble incorporated many Florida Cracker architectural features into his bungalow-style design, including large, open porches, an open breezeway, a steeply pitched, wooden shingle roof, and large windows for cross-ventilation. The final result is a unique, upscale version of a Cracker house. When Gamble died on July 2, 1932, Gamble Place was willed to his two daughters, Olivia and Maud. Maud married Judge Alfred K. Nippert, who designed and built the cottage.

Gamble Place was funded in part by the County of Volusia ECHO grant program, approved by its citizens on November 7, 2000 to construct Environmental, Cultural, Historical and Outdoor Recreation Projects for public use.