Communities rich in history, Parrish and Ellenton are made of two types of people: old-timers and transplants. But all have their focus on the area as a fulfilling place to live, raise a family or take part in community affairs. A prime spot to claim turf in Manatee County, Parrish is expected to have a huge growth spurt when the housing market turns around. Here are a few things you should know about both:
The Parrish Civic Association: Led by President Ben Jordan, this group is active in finding the pulse of the community and organize people to accomplish a shared goal. The group has been instrumental in provided summer camps, working with Manatee County to establish meeting places and opening a new YMCA Community Center in Parrish.
The Old Schoolhouse: For years, the old school-house on U.S. 301 has been an icon for the historical town. But to become a community meeting place, the school-house first had to undergo a $2 million renovation to upgrade to current fire safety codes and redo the interior. The new community center opened officially in September, with its YMCA partner opening in October.
Gamble Mansion: A glimpse into Ellenton's role in the Civil War era is found in the elegant Gamble Mansion, 3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton. The only surviving plantation house in south Florida, Gamble mansion was the hideout for Judah P. Benjamin, Secretary of state for the Confederacy, a the end of the Civil War.
Outlet Mall: A favorite shopping destination is the Prime Outlets-Ellenton Mall, 5461 Factory Shops Boulevard. Well known to neighboring communities, the outlet mall is well worth the trip for people looking for good deals.
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