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Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
Phone Number: 13868730167
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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 2016 Christmas Spectacular - Truly Spectacular once again !

Every year J.T. and Michael open up the Stetson Mansion for this special event, and this year the Christmas Spectacular was truly a Spectacular. They actually live in it, as well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Learning about the history of the house and grounds was very interesting. The house was decorated for Christmas, every room had a different theme. I enjoyed the military themed room the most. I would like to take the historic tour without the decorations to really see the craftsmanship in the house. I would recommend taking the tour, learning about the... More 

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Thank Kwills2016
JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

So glad you were able to make it out for our Christmas Spectacular tours, this was our best year ever...but there is always next year..lol. Make sure to save your BOGO ticket from Christmas and join us for our historic tours beginning Feb 10th. You get to visit as many times as you like for free as long as you... More 

Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every year J.T. and Michael open up the Stetson Mansion for this special event, and this year the Christmas Spectacular was truly a Spectacular. They actually live in it, as well as offer tours that allow them to share the mansion's history, and relate the renovation, truly a labor of love. Myself and 3 friends loved the tour this year.... More 

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Thank DeMatteo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I truly enjoyed my visit to the Mansion on Monday January 11, 2016. It was still decorated for Christmas and the tour guide gave us a excellent detailed background of the Stetson family life that made the tour even more special. You could actually "sense" the memories of the Stetson family members walking with you as you walk through every... More 

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

Berta thanks for touring the mansion and thank you for sharing some insight with your review. I often sense a strong energy of contentment and peace when I am roaming around the mansion, I am never far from a state of gratitude whenever I have the privilege of spending yet another day here. I hope others visiting the Orlando area... More 

The Villages, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Prepare yourself for a beautiful experience. My wife and I brought another couple with us to admire the breathtaking Christmas decorations and learn about the history of this mansion and its famed owner, John Stetson. My wife and I have visited before but each visit is a new and entertaining experience. The knowlegible guides make it an informative and enjoyable... More 

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

Sounds like a great time was had by all Hugh. thank you so much for sharing in the Christmas season with us, This was the most fun I have ever had for this year's celebrations and I am already thinking of ideas for next year...yikes. I look forward to reopening the mansion February 10th to start our historic tours which... More 

Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Stetson Mansion has been restored and enhanced. The grounds are lovely and the rooms are beautiful. The old hardwood floors are varied in patterns and all are lovely. Baths have been added and kitchen renovated, but all changes were done with excellent eye to detail. Mansion was decorated for Christmas and every room was different and a treat.

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

Thank you for all those kind words and especially the 5 STAR rating, your feedback and tour is greatly appreciated. Although the Christmas Spectacular season is over we are gearing up for the best historic tour season ever and I hope you will be able to join us for those. Tours begin Feb 10th and continue through September. See you... More 

Clermont, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently visited the Christmas Spectacular at the Stetson Mansion in DeLand, Florida. The Christmas Spectacular is only on display mid-October to mid-January. (There are other tours that begin in February for the historic tour of the home.) If you love old mansions and/or you love old homes skillfully and intricately decorated for Christmas, this has to be on the... More 

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

What a way to kick off our new season of historic tours, thank you for putting us at the top of the list for places to see! Christmas is very special and magical at the mansion and we all look forward to it with the anxious anticipation of a child waiting for Christmas morning but you will never be disappointed... More 

Daytona Beach, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having lived in Volusia County for many years and having "heard" about the Stetson Mansion, I finally planned a visit for myself and my cousin who was visiting from Ohio. The mansion has been restored and we were fortunate enough to see the Christmas displays in this fabulous house. It has a wonderful and interesting history and to add to... More 

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

Sharon I am so glad that you had the opportunity to experience the mansion during Christmas, the only thing better would be to experience it with family and you did that as well. Thank so for allowing us to share the history and grandeur of the Stetson Mansion with you and your cousin and when you return for one of... More 

DeLand, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last year, I toured Catherines Palace (home of the Amber Room) near St. Petersburg, Russia. When we entered, the group was amazed by the beautiful inlaid-wood floors. I told them that we had equallly beautiful floors at the Stetson Mansion in DeLand, Florida. While it is smaller than the Czarist palaces and not as gilded with gold and amber, the... More 

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

Virginia that is awesome!! Thank you for touting the floors at the mansion while touring Catherine's Palace, I have been and there are definitely many similarities. Who knows maybe your comments will spark a visit from the Russian embassy to check out the competition..lol. So many guests are surprised that they never heard of the Stetson Mansion before and they... More 

The Villages, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently toured the mansion for the Christmas tour and loved it. Our tour guide was informative and knowledgeable. We can't wait to return during the regular season to do the historic tour. Kudos to Michael and JT for the wonderful work they have done in the restoration

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Thank nancy r
JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Thank you Nancy and we look forward to that return of yours! i love our guides and I can't say enough about them, they really do elevate our tours to an experience that will last and be shared for a long, long time. See you at the Mansion Nancy!! More 

Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Stetson Mansion is an amazing "Christmas Wonderland." Every visit during the holiday season brings new wonder to holiday decor, as every year every room has been impeccably decorated differently. I strongly recommend a visit to this historic property.

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Thank Maria09ortiz
JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Your strong recommendations for others to visit the Stetson Mansion make my heart smile because that means we did our job by providing you with a memory and and experience that will last for quite some time. I hope that you will visit with us again soon Maria. Thank you for the 5 STAR rating! More 

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