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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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Oviedo, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Add this to your list of day trips in central florida. Gracious tour guide, knowledgeable, fun stories. Unable to describe the beauty and character of this 3 level home...see their facebook site for pictures. Kudos to the grounds, garden, coach house, 800 sq. ft. school turned peaceful retreat next to the zen grden and a swimming pool to boot. Nothing... More

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

Thank you very much Susan for touring the mansion. I wrote a book last year titled, "How to Polish a Diamond" so I appreciate your gem reference. This truly was a diamond in the ruff when we found it but now thanks to lots of love, passion and good old hard work it is once again the "Crown Jewel" of... More

Lake Mary, Florida
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Recently, The Dream Team of New Smyrna Beach was fortunate enough to tour the Stetson Mansion located in beautiful Deland, FL. This has to be on of the most beautiful homes in Florida. The renovations that the owners JT and Michael have done are beyond comparison. Their attention to detail to bring this home back to the original condition is... More

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

Wow right back to you!! That was such a flattering and kind hearted review, THANK YOU so very much for rating your experience with us 5 Stars. Carol Michael and I are so so honored to be able to share the history and grandeur of the mansion with so many guests now from all over. It is especially fun to... More

Longwood, Florida, United States
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Truly a one of a kind place! I recently was fortunate enough to tour the Stetson Mansion in The very beautiful and historic city of Deland Florida located just North of Orlando. The Mansion was built by Stetson best known for his Hats. The imagination of the home and it's breathless wood work and floors hardens back to a time... More

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

Wow..what an awesome review Randy! I think I am going to have you write all my press releases from now on! LOL!! There is never a day that passes that I am not in a state of constant gratitude about being one of the custodians of the Stetson Mansion. I enjoyed sharing the mansion with your group so much because... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

By far one of the most beautiful homes in Florida. The attention to detail that Mr. Stetson and that the new owners applied to this work of art is outstanding. Absolutely worth a trip to this historical mansion in the very intriguing town of DeLand.

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

I love your heading..."Architectural Stunner" We are always so excited to receive another review from a happy guest, it really does make a HUGE impact. Reviews let us know if we are providing the best customer experiences as well as helping us spread the word about the Stetson Mansion to future visitors from around the globe. Thank you so very... More

Orange City, Florida
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

What a wonderful place. The Christmas tour last Christmas was awesome can not wait for this year's tour. Just went on the quilt show tour in the mansion and it was really special. Tour guide was knowledgeable and funny. Very enjoyable. Everyone should see this mansion if only to see what the owners have done with the mansion. The talent... More

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

Thank you for touring the Stetson Mansion and for posting your feedback in this 5 STAR review! Repeat visits from our guests are very common because there is just so much information and visual overload one can take on a single visit. Our tour guides are given all the history and facts about the mansion and the restoration journey but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We got to go to the Stetson Mansion with 3 other couples. It was wonderful. I think it's the best kept secret in Central Florida.

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

Thank you and please thank the 3 other couples that toured with you. I agree, Stetson Mansion is Central Florida's best kept secret but with the help of folks like you we are counting on changing that! Come back and see us again some time. All the best. JT More

Orange City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I have no idea why I waited so long to make this tour a priority. With company coming in town, I wanted to do something special and 'special it was. WOW!!! I have lived here all of my life, actually a Florida native, and couldn't be more proud of what the Stetson Mansion has become. The way it was preserved... More

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

Gail I am so happy that you finally got a chance to experience the magic and inspiration of the Stetson Mansion. So many locals and Florida natives have no idea we even exist, so when they discover us it is a bit shocking how it has been kept such a secret for so long. Every now and then I ask... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What a treasure. The home has been beautifully restored. Our tour guide, Debbie was very knowledgeable and fun. We went during the combine effort of Mansion and quilt show. Looking forward to the Holiday Tour in all it grandeur.

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

Candace so glad that you got to tour the mansion during that spectacular quilt showcase..it was an awesome experience for us as well. Debbie adds such a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to all her tours, which explains why she is so highly requested by visitors. We can't wait to open the doors of the mansion for our Christmas Extravaganza... More

Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My son took me to the Stetson Mansion for my birthday. We live only 45 minutes away and had no idea there was this treasure hidden so close to home. The mansion tour was very personable and informative. If you enjoy Florida history and touring lovely homes, make sure you visit the mansion. We plan on going again for the... More

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

Thank you so much for spending time at the Stetson Mansion! I remember hearing one of the tours singing happy birthday ..perhaps that was for you. So many hundreds of thousands of Central Florida residents have no idea that Florida's First Luxury Estate is within less than an hour of them. When they do discover it they are thrilled to... More

The Villages, Florida
1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My sister is a quilter, so when we heard about the quilt show at the Stetson Mansion, we got tickets for the tour. We were the last tour group, and we lucked out because we got JT, one of the owners, as our tour guide. He was so much fun, as well as informative and obviously passionate about the Stetson... More

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

Wow Molly you really were paying attention. If I ever need another tour guide I'll know who to call! Thank you for posting such a wonderful review for travelers from around the world to see. Your input and feedback is so very important. There is so much to share and tell about the mansion that it is impossible to take... More

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