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Stetson Mansion

Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
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Ranked #1 of 78 things to do in DeLand
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Stetson Mansion is a spectacular Victorian mansion built for famed hat maker and philanthropist...
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Type: Architectural buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We have done two tours of the Stetson Mansion, a Christmas tour and a Grand tour including the third floor. Both times we have found the Mansion to be amazingly presented by knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides. The Mansion is not only a historic renovation but home to the owners. Loving care and creativity are evident throughout, preserving the ambiance... More 

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

Herb thank you for such wonderful feedback. Our tour guides are the best in the business and their love and excitement about sharing the mansion elevates the whole tour experience. Many guests are surprised to find out that we actually live here and open every single room of the mansion for visitors to enjoy. This truly is a full access... More 

The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Great tour guide, she was rather new, but very knowledgable. The owners of this marvelous estate where very visible and happy to answer any questions regarding their great renovations to the mansion. Very enjoyable.

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

Jaco so glad to read how much you enjoyed your tour at the mansion. I always try and greet as many guests as possible or even pop into a room with a story or two. There is such much history and so many stories about the restoration that we share with our guests after the tour and we really enjoy... More 

Summerfield, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I had a most enjoyable and relaxing day at the Stetson Mansion yesterday. I appreciate both historic and beautiful furnishings, which were found at the Mansion. Meeting JT and hearing his excitement about the house was interesting, especially as a former Jersey resident! I plan to come back with other family and friends so they can experience this wonderful HOME!... More 

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

Linda first of all thank you so much for this top rated review. We all reap such great joy from touring guests through the mansion and sharing with them the history, architecture and personal stories of the restoration or other fun factoids. I can't wait to welcome you back again and maybe next time you'll bunch more Jersey boys and... More 

Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

It is absolutely incredible what the owners have done to restore the home and surrrounds. Each room is better than the other and from a designers view point - extremely well done. The tour guides have an obvious love for the home as well as JT whom stopped in for a short story while we were on the tour. I... More 

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

Thank you Jane for all those wonderful compliments and for recommending us so highly. I always say that there is something for everyone that tours the Stetson Mansion, history, architecture, design or inspiration. Our dream for the mansion is that one day it will welcome 10's of thousands a people from around the world throughout the year. Little by little... More 

Summerfield, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This tour did not disappoint I loved it.Thank you guys for doing what you did with so much love. Had to hug JT before I left because I felt so good. Thank you Robyn you were great.

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

Robin, Michael and I say thank you right back for allowing us to share the mansion with you and for being so kind as to take the time out and post this 5 STAR review. You make the journey so much more rewarding. Big hugs from all of us! More 

The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I have visited the beautiful Stetson Mansion the last 5 Christmas seasons, to see what marvelous wonders JT has created in his and Michaels' home. Yesterday, I took a car full of ladies who have never seen this magical home. I was so sad that it wasn't going to be all decorated in all it's winter spender. I was so... More 

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

Linda I want you to know just how much Michael and I TRULY appreciate your continual support and encouragement over the years, it makes such a positive impact us and the success of the tours. Christmas is always a source of joy here at the mansion and many of our guests are surprised at just how much they enjoyed our... More 

Campbell, New Yorl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

While visiting my in-laws in Florida, we were taken to tour the Stetson Mansion. The owners have done a magnificent job in restoring this wonderful home-the Stetson family would certainly have been proud. Our tour guide Debbie did a fabulous job in detailing the history of the family and the restoration. Definitely worth a visit if you are ever in... More 

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

Hey there "Tall Daddy" so glad that you enjoyed your in-laws recommendation. Sounds like you owe them..lol! Thank you so much for agreeing to tour the mansion and for posting this 5 STAR review, all of us appreciate both actions immensely. Debbie is a spectacular tour guide because she leads her tours with passion and love. Having her as a... More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

My husband and I have toured many historical homes in the US and Europe throughout the years. The Stetson Mansion did not disappoint. We are thankful Michael & JT have saved the Mansion and are sharing it with us! Hope to make it back for a Christmas Tour.

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

Thank you so much for touring the Stetson Mansion and for putting us at the top of your must visit list! Sharing the mansion is our joy and we hope to share it with more folks than ever before in 2015. I promise you we will not disappoint on our Christmas Spectacular Tour 2015 and we can't wait to welcome... More 

Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

Thank you Michael and JT for restoring this beautiful home. I had read the books you both wrote last year and need to go back and read them again! The mansion is breath taking! Robin did a great job in leading our tour! Michael even stopped in for a minute! Words can't describe the love and devotion that went into... More 

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

Karen I love your enthusiasm! Thank you for touring our dream come true and then sharing your experience with people from around the globe. I am often asked what my favorite room or floor design or area is and I have to tell you, mentioning just one is very very difficult. We love this home and that love multiplies exponentially... More 

The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

It was such a pleasure to step into a home built in the 19th century with love and find it restored and recreated with as much love so many years later. As the tour guide shared all the information, you could tell that she was enthralled with her subject and anxious to share it with the world. The mansion wraps... More 

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

Michael first of all thank you for touring the mansion. Your review hit the nail right on the head...the mansion was built with LOVE and restored with LOVE and that is very apparent to our guests as they tour the home. That is further compounded by our guides who lead the tour with such sincere passion and love for the... More 

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