Ellenton, Florida is a small, quiet town in Manatee County, not far from Sarasota and Bradenton. Active retirees in particular are drawn to Ellenton for its leisure activities, beautiful coastal scenery, and historical interest.
The town of Ellenton got is start as a sugar plantation. It was built by Major Robert Gamble over the years 1845-50. The plantation fell into disrepair and was renovated after the Civil War by Major George Patten who named the town after his daughter Ellen. Today the plantation' grounds form the Gamble Plantation Historical State Park where visitors can enjoy guided tours and see period furniture. The site also houses a Confederate war memorial and is home to Florida's United Daughters of the Confederacy. Gamble Mansion holds an honored place in the American Institute of Architects' "Florida Architecture: 100 Years, 100 Places."
Ellenton and its surrounding area is home to over 100 public and private golf courses. The Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex which boasts two NHL-size hockey rinks, an indoor football/soccer field, five tennis courts, fishing pier, walking trail, and golf course with pro shop. The Terra Ceia Preserve State Park, just seven miles northwest of Ellenton, features wetland and water recreation like boating, fishing, and canoing.
Ellenton has two elementary schools, Virgil Mills and Blackburn. The latter has a student/teacher ratio of 14 to 1. The town's two public middle schools are Lincoln, with a student/teacher ratio of 17-1 and the highly ranked Buffalo Creek Middle School, with a student population of 966. Private schools include Imagine Charter School; Igloo Academy for grades 3-12; and Ellenton Methodist Preschool. Almost 94 percent of Ellenton residents hold at least a high school diploma.
The population of Ellenton was 3,142 in 2000. The median age is 55; the median income is $46,222 and the median house/condo value in 2015 was $119,000.