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Stetson Mansion

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Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
Phone Number: +1 386-383-3408
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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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Stetson Mansion-a different type of tour

This was a different type of tour. This is a private home and one of the owners, JT Thompson, showed up and encouraged us to ask questions and to gasp! sit on the furniture... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2015
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 NEW

This was a different type of tour. This is a private home and one of the owners, JT Thompson, showed up and encouraged us to ask questions and to gasp! sit on the furniture. Robin, our tour guide was outstanding. The owners saved this home from demolition and many of the restorations were completed by local artesians.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Searched for a few road trip activities and found the Stetson Mansion. As this is a family surname what better site to see than the mansion of yesteryears hat entrepreneur John B. Stetson & wife Elizabeth. Our tour guide was very informative and respectful of the property & the owners who live on site. The house & grounds have been... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

The journey to DeLand, FL is well worth the effort to see the Stetson Mansion. This was the winter home of Philadelphia hat maker John B. Stetson and his family from 1887 to 1906. Thanks to owners JT Thompson and Michael Solari, the mansion has been restored to reflect an elegant and gracious lifestyle. As you step through the doorway,... More 

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DeLand, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

I have been on the Stetson mansion tour at least six times. When we've had out-of-town company with us for the holidays, we make sure to take them on the tour. I've also been at elegant company events held on the grounds of the mansion. Basically, the Stetson family (famous for the Stetson cowboy hats) were some of the founding... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Although the mansion is beautiful and was amazingly decorated last year for Christmas, I doubt I would return or recommend to anyone. In my humble opinion, I almost felt like we were greeted like the " working class" and were the " help" so I didn't appreciate the cost if I wasn't going to be treated respectfully. I would definitely... More 

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

This is a fake review and we know exactly who is responsible for it. Odd how she speaks of Bok Tower and how wonderful they never posted a review about them. So which one of our guides treated you in such a demeaning way that you felt like the help? Did they ask you to empty garbage or make the... More 

The Villages, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

I am a day trip organizer and have visited the Stetson Mansion several times with my groups. From the planning to the actual visit Michael and JD could not be more flexible, charming and professional. We visited the Mansion during the Christmas season, their most busiest of times, and both of the owners have taken time to speak to my... More 

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

Kathie thank you so much for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to post your feedback about your experience as a tour operator. We are so appreciative of your continued business as you help us welcome bus loads of guests to the spectacular piece of architecture and history...the Stetson Mansion. I am always thrilled to be able... More 

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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

This is different from most historic home tours. It is not a museum. It is a lived in, and yes, somewhat modernized home, but still retains the fine architecture, parquet floors, etc. from the mid 19th century. You can walk and sit everywhere, it is not the usual "do not touch" experience. Don't be put off by the modern kitchen... More 

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

Thanks Bill you touring the mansion and the 5 STAR rating! So glad that enjoyed the mansion tour with our award winning tour guides. They are the best in the business and their passion and excitement about sharing the mansion is genuine and infectious. Our tours our full access tours, which mean guests will not see roped off areas of... More 

Pasadena CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

I am a Group Tour Operator with over 36 years experience and I cannot believe what Francine14 has said about the Stetson Mansion. First of all I do a site inspection before any new tour and did so also with the Stetson Mansion. I always call in advance and make arrangements, never expecting to receive a free ticket or a... More 

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

Thank you, thank you, thank you Marcya you are so very generous with your praise!! Michael and I cannot thank you enough for your continued support and patronage of the Stetson Mansion. ""Florida's First Luxury Estate" As we celebrate our 10 year anniversary of saving, restoring and sharing the Stetson Mansion its future is brighter and more exciting than ever... More 

Deltona, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Definitely visit this house during Christmas season. The decor is mind blowing. The host owner couldn't have been better. Charming funny, a character, but that was part of making the visit special. Additionally floridians receive a free pass, with paid visitors, if returning within six months. I plan to bring all family members with their next visit south.

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

Thank you so much Charles for touring the Stetson Mansion and for encouraging others to make is part of their travel itinerary. I am so happy that you enjoyed one of the few tours that I get to lead throughout the year. During our Christmas Spectacular last year we offered BOGO tickets to all our guests and I am glad... More 

Tampa, Florida
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Wonderfully decorated. Terrific tour guide. Learned a lot. Be sure to book ahead during busy times. Deland is an interesting town with good museum and fun restaurants.

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

Thank you so very much for touring the Stetson Mansion and for being so kind with your 5 STAR review. So glad to read that you got enjoy all that DeLand has to offer. See you at the Mansion again real soon! More 

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