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Stetson Mansion

Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
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Ranked #1 of 43 Attractions in DeLand
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Cultural
Owner description: Stetson Mansion is a spectacular Victorian mansion built for famed hat maker and philanthropist...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Cultural
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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

My Mother and I went to the X-mas tour of the Mansion. The owners were actually onsite, and the woman giving the tour was knowledgeable and funny. Anyone who enjoys architecture, historic homes, x-mas , and inspiring people, this place is for you! The grounds are also lovely, and the mix of history and modern flair is really unique. We... More 

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North Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

This mansion is an architectural delight. The windows, floors, and room designs were all worth the visit. Added to that were the holiday decorations, turning each room into a Christmas celebration. Our guide was friendly and welcoming. She highlighted all the special features of each room and the theme of each display. It is definitely worth a visit!

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Pittsboro, North Carolina, United States
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15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

The house was so beautifully decorated! The tour guide is fabulous and knowledgeable, The owners are welcoming and friendly. This was our second visit but first at Christmas..Love it.

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

Thanks Carol for allowing us to share in you holiday celebrations, as you may have figured out..we LOVE Chirstmas! All of us at the Stetson Mansion wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years. See you at the Mansion!! More 

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

I went to see a mansion, but unfortunately I went at Christmas and saw someone's idea of interior decorating at Christmas. All the beautiful architectural details where covered up with "stuff". Peoples collections of Christmas decorations and "stuff" you see all over the malls at Christmas. By the time I left I was so sick of all the stuff! Every... More 

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

Why would you ever come on a" Christmas Spectacular" Tour if you didn't want to see Christmas decorations. This is more than likely a fake review by someone who is just trying to cause harm. Seasoned travelers and reviewers will see the malice intended with your post. How sad. More 

Palm Coast, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Must see if u havent seen the christmas spactular u must make plans...first time there a few days ago..and it will be a yearly tradition now....awsome job Michael and JT

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

Thank you so much for discovering our national treasure right here in DeLand FL. So nice to read how much you enjoyed yourselves. We are thrilled to be part of your yearly tradition! Merry Christmas! More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Even though I was born and raised in Daytona Beach, I always heard about the Stetson Mansion, assuming it was on the University campus. After spending the past 25 years in Alaska and now wintering in Ormond Beach, I finally visited this beautiful home. Robin was our tour guide and she did a phenomenal job, always holding our interest and... More 

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

I think all of us can relate to your review. So often we don't take the time or just don't realize how many treasures we all have in our own communities. I lived in New Jersey my entire life and never visited the Statue of Liberty...crazy. Thank you for touring the mansion and experiencing the history and grandeur of a... More 

Flagler Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Although I live less than an hour away this was my first visit to the Stetson Mansion. It was fabulous. The unique architecture of the house itself and the architectural elements inside and out are so beautifully done with excellent craftmanship. Every room has an intricately designed with a different wood floor design, lovingly restored. The Christmas tour is breath... More 

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

I am reading your review on Christmas morning Barbara and I want to thank you for all the kind and complimentary words. I am gratefull for so many blessings and being able to share the Stetson Mansion is at the top of my list. When you come back for the historic tour please make sure to use your BOGO ticket... More 

The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

An excellent and learning experience in a beautiful and loved mansion of esteem. A must for any visitor to Florida and Floridian residents. Great care and thought in the Christmas Extravaganza presented with great humour and articulation by one of the owners JT. Go Stetson Mansion !

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

Ken I want to thank you for suggesting to visitors and residents of Central Florida to include the Stetson Mansion on their must see list. So glad that I was able to tour you through the mansion and share all the history and inspiration that I have come to love. Please come back again after the holidays for the Stetson... More 

Boca Raton, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

If you have not yet toured this grand mansion, put it on your list of things to do! I enjoyed the Holiday Tour in January of this year, and had to see what magnificent things JT and his crew could come up with this Christmas Season. Oh, my....I can't imagine the effort and creative energy that goes into the decorations.... More 

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

Nan you are so sweet and kind to insist that visitors to the Orlando area visit the Stetson Mansion! Thank you for allowing us to share our Christmas with you yet again. Robin is a fantastic guide because she loves what she does and she also loves meeting new people. Having her as your guide is always a score. Thanks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

My tour group had the pleasure of having one of the owners, JT, take us around the house and explain the details of every room. Not only did we get some history of each room but got to hear his explanation of his vision for every room. It was like having an artist personally explain why things were placed where... More 

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

What a tremendous compliment Gina, thank you so much! I guess bigger isn't always better, we are humbled by your words of praise. How lucky was I to get to tour you through this amazing structure that I get to call home, I am inspired on a continual basis by this masterpiece. Please come back and visit us after the... More 

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