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Stetson Mansion

1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
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Ranked #1 of 53 attractions in DeLand
Type: Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Stetson Mansion is a spectacular Victorian mansion built for famed hatmaker and philanthropist John B Stetson in 1886. Situated right between Orlando... more » Owner description: Stetson Mansion is a spectacular Victorian mansion built for famed hatmaker 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. « less
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Pembroke Pines
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

It's was a really magical experience. Any person of any age can enjoy the beauty and history of this place. I'm 14 and I loved it. It's amazing. I really loved all the effort the owners put in to restore this place.

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Stephanie it is so nice to read a review from a young lady like yourself. You are proof positive that historical tours can be fun and informative at the same time regardless of ones age. The key reason that Michael and I decided to save and restored the Stetson Mansion was so that it would be shared with generations to... More

Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was a truly interesting restored mansion. Well worth the travel we made from ormond Beach. It is totally restored. A pleasant tour guide and interesting information.

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

I am so glad you enjoyed yourself while touring the mansion Marilyn and want to thank you so much for posting your feedback here for future guests to read. It really does make and impact and we appreciate that greatly. More

Vestal, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The mansion has been restored to its former beauty. The men responsible are to be admired for their vision to see what could be done and their ability to do it. Our guide, Debbie, gave a thorough presentation in a most entertaining way. It was thoroughly enjoyable. I only wish we could be in the area at Christmas time to... More

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

"In the middle of an artwork" - I Love that analogy!! Thank you so much Cheryl for expressing so beautifully your experience, we all were deeply touched. The Stetson Mansion is such a special place and there is something about this place that has attracted amazing people to it throughout the years. I am so glad that you got to... More

Seneca, South Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

What a delightful concept! Your tour starts on the front porch where Deb tells you a little about the house. It was cold outside, so she took us inside to tell us the rest. She said we could sit on the furniture as we went from room to room. In the front parlor - no one sat on anything -... More

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Sharon I loved your review because it really encompasses the feelings and actions of so many of our guests. They are initially shocked that this is actually someone's home and even more shocked that we invite them to have a seat. Little by little the shock wears off and the feeling of home takes root and they feel like friends... More

Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I saw the Stetson Mansion while on a tour with Destinations Unlimited from Jacksonville. I was expecting a museum, but what I found was a simply gorgeous, lovingly restored and completely liveable modern dwelling that had been restored to its former glory. It was evident that our tour guide, Debbie, was very aware of the history and very protective of... More

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Maris first of all thank for touring our dream come true. I could not agree with you more about Debbie, you hit the nail on the head she does lead her tours joyously!! So many folks expect to get a museum experience when they decide to visit with us but as you stated it truly is so much more because... More

Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This home tour was exceptional. The Stetson story is interesting and the home is gorgeous. Debbie is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide with a fun sense of humor. The basic tour does not include the third floor but I would highly recommend adding that part of the tour. Comments from J.T., one of the owners, added a special touch. I absolutely... More

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Linda thank you so much for visiting the Stetson Mansion and enjoying all that DeLand has to offer. The mansion has been a huge part of our lives for the past 8 years and having the honor to share it with thousands of folks like yourself from around the world is extraordinary. Debbie brings the mansion to a whole new... More

Daytona Beach, Florida
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27 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Wonderful tour with Debbie as our guide. Beautiful home inside and out. Owners allow access to entire home. Loved the hidden closet room and clever bathroom wedged out of empty corner. Amazing wood trim and parquet floors. Unique faux painting. Lovely chandeliers. Modern kitchen is a dream. Love the old schoolhouse. Definitely worth the visit and $20 fee.

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Wow you really covered a lot in this review, it is obvious that you were taking in all the history, and grandeur that the mansion has to dish out...thank you! There is so much to take in at the mansion which is why many of our guests come back for another visit or two or three to absorb it all.... More

The Villages, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

What a gorgeous home! I was so amazed at the restoration done by the owners of the mansion. It was very evident that our tour guide, Debbie, loves her work. She was just a fabulous guide with a wonderful smile and so much knowledge of the history of this mansion. Well worth the short hour drive to Deland.

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Rose your 5 star review is music to all our hearts...thank you! The mansion is not just a Florida treasure but a national treasure that should be experienced by all who have the chance. There truly is something magical about this home that seems to captivate and inspire so many. Debbie is a "fabulous" tour guide who helps bring the... More

Wildwood, Florida, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Deb was very welcoming and accomodating. She gave a marvelous tour. Her love for the mansion was very evident as she shared the stories of the families and the renovation. We definitely want to return for the Christmas tour. We rounded out the afternoon with lunch in beautiful downtown Deland.

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Thank you for touring the mansion Mel and allowing us to share the history and grandeur of Florida's first luxury estate. The mansion is still somewhat of a secret right now but thanks to visitors like you who post reviews and feedback on travel sites we hope that will not be the case for much longer. So glad to hear... More

Belchertown, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We were vising relatives for a few days and searched the internet for something to do that would be enjoyable to everyone. This was a fabulous find. Because the house is also a home, makes the tour more amazing, It is a trip into the past and a look at what can be done to fit modern conveniences without tearing... More

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Donna thank you for visiting with us and bringing the whole gang along, it is so nice to know that there are more and more folks out there recommending the Stetson Mansion to others. Thank you also for mentioning your tour guide Debbie who's infectious enthusiasm only adds to the tour and the whole experience. All the best. More

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