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Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
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Description: 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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The most amazing mansion in all of Florida

This place far exceeds any other historical home ever visited. Full of history ~ beauty ~ wondrous architecture and furnishings. Hints of Edison, Tiffany, John Stetson and other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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DeLand, Florida
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DeLand, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This place far exceeds any other historical home ever visited. Full of history ~ beauty ~ wondrous architecture and furnishings. Hints of Edison, Tiffany, John Stetson and other impressive icons of our historical heritage abound. Christmastime sends the whole experience into overdrive. A "must-see" for all visitors and every Florida resident.

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

Wow...what a cool, concise and perfectly flattering review..thank you so very much. No matter what time of year our guests visit they will be WOW'd but our Christmas Spectacular Tours do take things to a whole other level. I never repeat the same designs so I hope that you will be back again for Christmas 2015. Thanks again for your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

If you've ever eaten hot apple pie , you all know the yummy taste... But when you add the ice cream, an even more glorious explosion occurs! Well the ice cream at The Stetson Mansion are tour guides Debbie and Robin! The home is outstanding and a stupendous example of love and care for our treasured past on it's own,... More 

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

THANK YOU so much for paying tribute to 2 amazing women with this review. Stetson Mansion is an architectural masterpiece that houses so much beauty, love and inspiration within its walls but our greatest assets of all are Robin and Debbie. These women lead tours heart first and their passion and joy is beyond contagious. Michael and I have traveled... More 

Apopka, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Yesterday I visited Stetson Mansion for the 3rd time. JT and Michael, along with their outstanding team, have beautifully & lovingly restored this 1886 architectural gem. We actually felt like guests in their home rather than simply people on a home tour. Whether you live in Central Florida or are coming here for a visit, if you appreciate the preservation... More 

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

Thank you so much Betsy for joining one of our Stetson 150 Tours at the mansion. All of us at the mansion try our best to make guests feel comfortable and relaxed because we want them to absorb as much of the history and beauty as possible. Once is usually never enough because there is just so much to take... More 

North California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Last week I toured the Stetson Mansion and was blown away by the fabulous job Michael & JT did in bringing this mansion back to life. It's beautiful! It's been decorated using creativity, elbow grease, patience, and materials most of us can afford as we decorate our own homes. I've done faux painting in my own home and came away... More 

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

Thank you for bringing a big smile to my face...what a great way to start my day! The mansion restoration was an absolute labor of love as well as a compilation of beautiful, fun, creative additions that are placed, painted or displayed about. This is also our home and we wanted guests to feel that first and foremost as they... More 

DeLand, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

First went with our women's group about 7 years ago and it was so much fun! Then went again in December at night. All I can say was majical! They outdid themselves with Christmas. Thank you for restoring Stetson House to it's full glory

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

Jodie thanks for returning to tour the mansion again and for posting a 5 STAR review. We love opening our doors to folks from around the state, country and globe and thanks to our guests more and more people are finding out about us. I hope you will come back again and share the magic of the Stetson Mansion with... More 

jacksonville fl
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

My friend had visited Stetson Mansion in December with her family, and insisted on sharing it with me this past weekend. Am I glad she did! This place is phenomenal, and the tour was lengthy and very interesting, peppered with details about the builder and his family. Our guide was Robin, and she was such a perfect blend of personality... More 

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

First of all ...I would like to send a BIG thank you to your friend for insisting that you visit the mansion and another one to you for taking her up on it and touring. Robin and all our tour guides do a superior job and I still find myself wanting to join one of their tours..and I live here!... More 

Orange Park, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I would like to say thank you to Debbie our tour guide ... we a had a blast ... JT and Michael you did a fantastic job on the Stetson Mansion ... you have a lot of talent and imagination Thank you all for making the Ya Ya sisters feel so special Take Care God Bless You

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

Patty it was our absolute pleasure and you are so very welcome. Thank you for taking a journey back in time on our tour and for allowing us to share all the history and inspiration of this incredible landmark. Your kind words and warm wishes are extremely appreciated. The Ya Ya's are always welcome at the Stetson Mansion ...we are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

A Must Visit!! A majestic home steeped in history. The original architecture is phenomenal & modern updates very creative. Very reasonably priced!

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

Cindy thanks so much for touring the mansion and rating your experience 5 STARS. I am so glad that you enjoyed your time with felt that it was reasonably priced. I hope that you will continue to share your experience with friends and family and visit us again one day. See you at the Mansion!! More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

This tour was very much a personal tour of a home rather than visiting a museum or historic house. Our guide was knowledgable and enthusiastic and we were personally greeted by JT, exuding his immense enthusiasm for the property. We were welcome to sit on seats, wander through closets and examine every detail of the home, far more so than... More 

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

It is always so nice to here from our friends over the pond in England, thank you so much for touring the mansion. I am so excited about sharing the mansion with our guests that whenever I get to greet them I am like a kid at Christmas, I have a blast popping in during a tour and sharing a... More 

The Villages, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

I toured the mansion with a group of seniors, some of whom were on their second or more visit. I can certainly understand that as I cannot wait to return and be amazed again. I am sure that, no matter how many times one visits, there is always something to be discovered. Our guide, Robin, was so enthusiastic and fun...she... More 

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

Mary I want to first tell you how much we appreciate your visit and this top rated 5 STAR review. Please thank the rest of the group you were traveling with for touring the mansion as well. More and more of our guests are becoming "friends of the mansion", these are guest our repeat guests that come back again and... More 

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