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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 hat maker and philanthropist John B Stetson in 1886. Situated right between Orlando... more » 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. « less
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The Villages, FL
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66 reviews 66 reviews
9 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We toured during the Christmas Holiday season. The decorations are absolutely beautiful. It would be a great family "to do" during the holidays (not necessarily for small children).

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The Villages, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is a spectacular Christmas pleasure that shouldn't be missed!! I took my first tour last year and was amazed at all the Christmas eye-candy to be seen. Having trouble decorating one tree for the holidays, it left me speechless and mesmerized touring an entire mansion adorned with so many beautiful loving placed decorations...themes abound throughout! The owners are most... More

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

Hey there Too Fun Grandma!! Thank you so much for sharing your experience while touring the Stetson Mansion! I am genuinely grateful for your feedback because future guests depend on the honesty and candor of folks like you to plan there vacations. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for the arrival of you and your friends. Although there is... More

Sylvania, Georgia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This place is so very beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes. Older homes like this one are often torn down or left to rot. I am so proud that someone had the vision to see what this home had to offer! It takes you back to a time of splenor unlike most anything we have today. The craftmanship of... More

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

Your words of encouragement make all the hard work so much more worth while...THANK YOU! Restoring the Stetson Mansion was definitely a labor of love and sharing with the world is like icing on the cake. Thank you for touring the mansion and posting your experience, I hope you will come back and see us again at Christmas time! See... More

Ormond Beach, Florida, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

What can I say about this historic home once owned by the famous Stetson hat maker John B Stetson? It was impressive inside and out. This restoration was done with love and it shows....We came from Ormond Beach with another couple and made it there in 25 minutes. We encourage all Florida residents to come sample a time capsule of... More

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

Thank you Sandra for pointing out just how close we are to the Ormond and Daytona area. The Stetson Mansion is centrally located between Orlando and Daytona and more and more we are attracting the visitors that are ready to experience a more than just the theme parks. Thanks for helping us spread the word about Trip Advisor's "Most Popular... More

florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I toured the Stetson Mansion yesterday with my Red Hats group. We were treated to the best guide available, none other than J.T. himself ! The home is beautifully restored and updated and quite immaculate in spite of feeling lived in. Such amazing architecture lovingly brought back to its glory and put on display for all of us to experience.... More

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

I consider myself the lucky one whenever I get to lead a tour, I love every minute I get to share the mansion. It is always a huge compliment for us when we hear from others how comfortable and welcoming the home is. Great to know that you had such a good time that you will be coming back for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

went today with 6 of my fellow red hats Red Hat ladies and thoroughly enjoyed the tour we were lucky enough to have JT the owner as our tour guide and he did a marvelous job showing us his beautiful home. He was very friendly always felt like you were welcomed constantly saying have a seat in my home, with... More

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

Shelley we love touring the ladies from the Red Hat Society because you all know how to live life to it's fullest! I am so glad that you were comfortable and felt like a welcomed guests while touring. I think this is going to be our best Christmas ever and look forward to sharing it with your husband and friends.... More

Orlando, Florida
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123 reviews 123 reviews
11 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Within 20 minutes of our home we found Stetson Mansion for the first time. What a beautiful piece of property and local history - all at the front door of folks in or visiting central Florida. Stetson Mansion is gaining in its popularity at exponential rates yet still remains in many ways a secret. Perhaps for the best. The tour... More

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

Thank you so very much for allowing us to share this national treasure with you, it is always are absolute joy welcoming guests through the front doors. Stetson Mansion is very unique when it comes to historic home tours because it is a private estate with a real family living in it. We made the decision after purchasing and then... More

Ocala, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely wonderful, guides are knowledgable,entertaining and gracious. Tied into an area quilt show just added to the tour. Can't wait for Christmastime tour.

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

I am so happy you got to tour the Mansion during our first ever joint showcase. The Quilt Showcase was a huge success and we have received so many requests for another one that we are already planning our 2nd Annual Quilt Showcase. In fact it was so popular that I will be designing one room for Christmas with a... More

Oviedo, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
1 review
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

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