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Stetson Mansion

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Address: 1031 Camphor Ln, DeLand, FL 32720-5003
Phone Number: +1 386-873-0167
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Stetson Mansion is a spectacular Victorian mansion built for famed hat...

Stetson Mansion is a spectacular Victorian mansion built for famed hat maker and philanthropist John B Stetson in 1886. Situated right between Orlando and Daytona in DeLand makes it convenient for all visiting the central Florida area. This is Florida's first luxury estate and houses some of the most beautiful and intricate parquet floors in the world. The mansion has hosted such noted guests as President Cleveland, King Edward VII, the Astors, the Vanderbilts, Louis C Tiffany and Thomas Edison. In fact this is one of the first homes in the world to be designed and built with Edison electricity and Mr Edison oversaw the install himself. This is not your typical Victorian mansion though. The owners have painstakingly renovated every square inch of the 10,000 sq foot masterpiece while incorporating today's modern conveniences. All this was done without compromising the architectural or historical integrity. Every room on every one of the three floors is magnificently decorated and every room features a different style floor and window design. There is not one room that is off limits for visitors to see on their guided tour, you get to see it all including the owner's suite and the original 1886 schoolhouse which has been lovingly restored and converted to a "Zen"like cottage. There is also a beautiful meditation garden, gazebo and pool area for visitors to enjoy. Reservations are required $20-$30 per person $10 for children. Payment is cash or check at the door and we do charge applicable sales tax.

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Christmas tour

What a special evening. My wife and I have been putting off touring the Stetson Mansion. Wish we wouldn't have waited. It was incredible - made all the better by our tour guide... read more

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Largo, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

First of all , the mansion is beautiful both inside and outside. The tickets were expensive. They do not allow you to take pics inside, which dissappointed me. The Xmas decorations are over the top, not to my liking at all. Everywhere you looked, up, down in back of you, in front of you, there were decorations, just way too... More 

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Summerfield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a special evening. My wife and I have been putting off touring the Stetson Mansion. Wish we wouldn't have waited. It was incredible - made all the better by our tour guide Debbie , who was full of such great history of the building. And -- a surprise visit by JT - one of the owners - who added... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely loved every minute spent there! Sue was a fantastic tour guide. I learned so much about the Stetson family. My great uncle was a haberdasher and owned a shop in Philadelphia where he sold Stetson hats back in the 20's through the 50's. Now back to the holiday decorations! They are FABULOUS! JT's attention to detail is incredible. Each... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Have been here many times and find the mansion always enjoyable. This time we thought our guide was way too chatty, and wished we could move along faster. It's an amazing place.

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went last night to see the mansion. Every room has a different theme and two nativities. We couldn't always find the second one. The house is actually lived in. You get to see bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms. It is a beautiful home. It is a great mix of old and new. At night the lights are on and the stained... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Let me start by saying thank you JT and Michael for opening their home to us. My mother and I visited on 12/8 and the Stetson Mansion exceeded my expectations 10 fold. Robin was our guide through this beautiful home, she is so very knowledgeable and you can really tell she loves this home as well as the messages being... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The decorations were amazing! It took 4+ weeks to decorate and that is only because Hurricane Mathew delayed the usual schedule of 6-8 weeks. The house itself is lovingly restored (some modernization to kitchen and baths) and I will return to see it without the decorations. Don't miss the zen garden! Our tour guide, Sue, was great and gave us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The whole experience was wonderful. Certain to put you in the holiday mood. Unbelievable how talented the 2 owners are. Allowing folks to visit is a gift in its self. I will go back later to take a tour covering more of the history. The entrance was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. Tour guide was excellant and... More 

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Lake Mary, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been on the historic tour and the Christmas tour and both are amazing!! I did the historic tour a few months ago and found out about the Christmas tour and brought my mom to enjoy it with me. On both tours, one of the owners, JT, surprised us! It is wonderful to see his passion for the home... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

WOW. Joanne, who was amazing and full of information about the house, led us on a tour of this privately owned mansion. The Christmas decorations on the two floors of this house were outstanding and all designed and put up by the owner. It is a must see if in the area at anytime if the year.

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