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Stetson Mansion

1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
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Ranked #1 of 53 attractions in DeLand
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Was delighted to take a tour of the Stetson Mansion featuring beautiful quilt displays. This is truly a hidden treasure in the middle of Florida. The current owners have done an amazing act of love in preserving all features of the original construction. From the exquisite leaded glass windows to the unbelievable designs in the hardwood floors, it is a... More

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Lake Mary, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I had never heard of the Stetson mansion before seeing advertising for the Quilt show, and, as a stickler for value, wasn't sure the admission price would be worth it. I am so glad I had the sense to give it a try! The tour could not have been more interesting -- from the beauty of the home itself to... More

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DeLand, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Having moved to DeLand when I was just 5 days old and having lived here (on and off) the rest of my life, I sometimes forget that I live in one of the most interesting, dynamic little Florida towns that have made it onto the map. Today I had the opportunity to experience a real gem, the Stetson Mansion. As... More

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

Diane thank you so much for that huge compliment, I am incredibly humbled by it. I have to tell you Diane there are many days when I don't know where to look first either, even after nine years of living here, there are just so many features to take in. There is never a day that goes by that I... More

Summerfield
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had our tour today at the Mansion with one of the Owners, JT. The mansion is amazing, having been meticulously restored. I didn't know where to look first. The floors, ceilings, walls, doors and windows were a sight that has to be seen to be appreciated. The quilts on display were an added extra. JT has to be one... More

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Vero Beach Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Before I saw it I couldn't believe that nestled away in the center of northern Florida was a real treasure. Lovingly restored by the homeowners, this "home" and the schoolhouse on the property are open to the public for tours. All of the woodwork and flooring has been brought back to it's original beauty and all the old wallpaper has... More

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

Bert first of all thank you for discovering our treasure and detailing your experience in your review! So many of our guests, over 90%, never heard of the Stetson Mansion prior to the time that they booked it. The reason that they ended up booking a tour is because a friend, family member insisted that they must go or because... More

Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I toured the Stetson Mansion for the first time today,during a Quilt Show. Our tour guide Debbie was wonderful. She gave so much detaisl about Mansion. All the details of home is breath taken. What beautiful details of all the lead glass,stain glass, wood work, and the floors is must to see. Also the grounds are beautiful and don't forget... More

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

I will take a must see review every day of the week Pamela..THANK YOU! Debbie is an outstanding tour guide because she leads her tour from a place of love. She loves the history, the architecture and most of all the experience of sharing the mansion with others, and it shows! Thank you for putting Stetson Mansion on your things... More

Orlando, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We toured the Stetson Mansion and were amazed at the beauty and intricate designs of the mansion . If you appreciate stained glass windows, hand crafted floors, carvings, period furnishings and so much more this is one to put on you list of must see. Our tour guide was fabulous, mixing history with restoration of the mansion. I can not... More

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

I am so glad that you enjoyed your time with us that you are already planning of coming back again Christmas...wow...thank you! There is so much to experience here at the mansion and now that you have seen the mansion without Christmas decorations you can experience the magic of the season with different themes in every room. I feel like... More

Palm Coast, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We went there to check out the quilts. We had L.T., one of the owners, give us the tour. He was very informative and gave lots of info about the work involved and a history of the house. Don't miss it! Inlaid floors are gorgeous. I don't have enough room to say what I would love to say. Beautiful woodwork... More

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

Joyce thank you for making Stetson Mansion a must see attraction! We all have been having so much fun showcasing the quilts at the estate and meeting such creative artisans. The mansion is a work of art itself and being able to share it with others is amazing. Thank you for your visit and your review we are so grateful.... More

Vero Beach
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My husband and I toured Stetson Mansion for the first time today, during a Quilt Show. It was amazing - the house has been restored perfectly and is beautifully done and our host was very welcoming. The house decor is very tasteful, and alive with warm woods, antiques, beautiful chandeliers and Edison antique light fixtures. Every room is a delight,... More

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

Thank you so much Virginia! This is the first time that we ever partnered with anyone on a showcase and so far the response has been phenomenal. Many of our guest were completely shocked when they arrived at the mansion. I heard from several folks that they were just expecting an old home with lots of velvet..not the case here.... More

Summerfield, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I had the joy of visiting the Stetson Mansion today and was amazed that this treasure is still available for the public to see. Our group had the pleasure of JT (one of the owners) as our guide. His absolute love of the home and its history was easy to see and hear with every tale he told about its... More

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

Linda I love sharing the Stetson Mansion with Floridians discovering us for the very first time! Thank you so much for announcing to the world all the spectacular architectural and design elements as well the colorful history. Recently we were named as Florida's most popular tourist attraction by Trip Advisor beating out the likes of Disney and you are so... More

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