Welcome to… The answer to that question is Mama has been writing a book! Published at long last, in the final days of February 2016, The Adventures of Abigail Rose – Ida Patten’s Antebellum Doll has been released and can now fulfill its purpose of bringing history to life for readers young and old.

The book is currently available at several local museums: The Gamble Plantation Historic Site (a Florida State Park and the location of the story), The South Florida Museum, Manatee County Agriculture Museum at the Palmetto Historical Park. COMING SOON: The book will be available in the gift shops at two Battle of Franklin Trust sites in Franklin, Tennessee – Carnton and the Carter House.

You can also find the book on Amazon by clicking here.

The most exciting part is that the other half of the book’s mission is to raise awareness of and funds for the restoration of the Patten House, a Victorian home built in front of the antebellum Gamble Mansion in Ellenton, Florida by the Patten family who purchased the Gamble Plantation after the Civil War.

Here is a peek at that page from my presentation:


I hope you enjoy the story and help preserve the HISTORY!


Thank you for visiting,

~ Lela


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