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Stetson Mansion

1031 Camphor Ln, DeLand, FL 32720-5003
+1 386-873-0167
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I'm a history buff and frequently visit historic sites. The Stetson Mansion is the most... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Tom D
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Flagler Beach, Florida
Wonderful visit to a beautifully restored historic mansion

The home has been restored to its original beauty and the floors are just magnificent with a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
casa3191
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St. Augustine, Florida
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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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1031 Camphor Ln, DeLand, FL 32720-5003
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Reviewed yesterday

I'm a history buff and frequently visit historic sites. The Stetson Mansion is the most beautifully restored historic home I've ever seen. It is a privately owned, lived-in residence, so what you are visiting is a gilded-age mansion with walls, windows, floors (oh, those beautiful...More

Thank Tom D
Reviewed 3 days ago

The home has been restored to its original beauty and the floors are just magnificent with a different pattern in each room. The grand tour is well worth the extra money to see the third floor. Our tour guide Roby was so informative and we...More

Thank casa3191
Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited the Stetson Mansion. It is absolutely beautiful. The stories are fantastic. Sue our tour guide was so informative and lively. We even got a peek at JT who welcomed us to his and Michael's home. I strongly advise you to visit this wonderful...More

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Suzie I am so glad that your visit to the Stetson Mansion was a memorable one, thank you for stepping back in time with us. Sue does an amazing job of sharing the history, architecture and stories of restoration and inspiration with thousands of guests...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Second trip to the mansion and wasn't disappointed tour guide is extremely informative and JT popped in to say hello as he did when we toured during Christmas holidays! We will definitely go back in December and if you Love a bit of Florida history...More

Thank menannie
JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for returning my friend, I am thrilled to read that your enjoyed your second visit as much as your first! I have designing and working non-stop on our upcoming 7th Annual Christmas Spectacular and I think could be our best year ever. We all...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

If you love wood, you'll love "The Mansion". The floors alone are worth the price of admission, not to mention the mill work and joinery throughout. It's rare to see so much old timber that has never been painted. From the figure and grain of...More

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello there Garrett and thank you for touring Florida's best kept secret...the Stetson Mansion. I loved reading your review because it sounds like you really allowed yourself to step back in time and imagine what it must have been like over 130 years ago during...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

History is beautifully preserved in this home and hospitality by the staff was extended graciously. The floors are an absolute work of art. I loved the Zen Garden! This was a wonderful, informative experience all around!More

Thank pastornancy
JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello Nancy and thank you for touring the mansion, it was our absolute pleasure to share the history and grandeur with you and all the guests on your tour. Your 5 STARS says it all and I hope many travelers from around the world will...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband read about the tour in our paper and was immediately intrigued about visiting the beautiful Mansion! When we arrived and saw how lovely and well manicured the property was we couldn't wait for the tour! Sue, our guide was fabulous, made everything about...More

Thank Carol A
Reviewed 6 days ago

My niece surprised me while on our last visit to Florida. Not only is the Mansion gorgeous it's completely livable. Which is what I understand the two young men who did the renovation do live there. The guides were fantastic and enthusiastic. You hear all...More

Thank Phyllis M
Reviewed 6 days ago

My daughter, granddaughter (age 15) and I loved this tour. Our guides were wonderful and the Mansion was so beautifully restored. They have saved a piece of history! (We also visited the Philly Diner in town for some local flavor and good food.)

Thank C B
Reviewed 6 days ago

I enjoyed that I could tour a gorgeous historical home without feeling like I was in a museum. This home is actually lived in, and one of the owners, JT, popped in during the tour and told us we were his guests and that we...More

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Ellen Story gave you an excellent rating..I would definitely recommend visiting the Stetson Mansion..and plan to return at Christmas time
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To book a tour and find out additional information you can just google Stetson Mansion Tours. The Christmas tours are for the end of this year, but the owner changes the decorations every season so even if you have been... More
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