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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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The Villages, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Hidden away on a back street in Deland, the Stetson Mansion is a wonderful example of the craftsmanship and charm that was a part of 19th century architecture. Absolutely beautiful! Our guide Debbie was terrific! JT offered special insights and humor---what a talented guy!!! We definitely will be back for Christmas. How fortunate for Deland that this beautiful home has... More

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Lake Wales, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Wow! What an incredible visit and rare treat. We were so lucky to get a special owner's tour my JT who is so entertaining and full of passion... he is truly the "House Whisperer!" We could feel the love the mansion has for him, especially with attention to all the details from the restoration to the cleaning he does himself.... More

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

Cassandra..that is the best title ever.".The House Whisperer".. LOL!!! I think I am going to put that title after my name from now on. Thank you so much for allowing me the pleasure of sharing the place that feeds my soul on a daily basis with inspiration and joy. Stetson Mansion is so much more than just a beautiful home,... More

Ocala, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We were there when JT himself was giving the tour. JT gave the tour, with tons of interesting facts about the mansion, and it presented the information in a lively manner with quite a bit of humor thrown in, so it was never the slightest bit slow-paced or boring. JT could probably do "stand up" if he had a mind... More

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

Paul thank you so much for all your kind words and the idea of a new career as a comedian! I had a blast that day touring new friends through the mansion, I don't get to do that nearly as much as I would like to nowadays,so when the opportunity arises I am like a kid on Christmas morning. Debbie... More

Palm Coast, Florida
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Visited with my fiancee on the morning of July 8. Debra Pixley was amazing as a docent/tour guide. She answered all my questions and moved the tour along in such finesse and patience I have rarely seen. The mansion, I must say, spoke for itself. The hard work of JT and Michael, from the remodeling of the inside to the... More

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

Jeff and Natalie thank you so much for discovering the Stetson Mansion and letting it capture your hearts like it has for some many other visitors! The history and architecture of the mansion is so significant that Michael and I knew we had to help save it so that it could be shared for generations to come. The Stetson Mansion... More

Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We were prepared to be disappointed but from the moment we stepped on to the covered porch and began chatting with our tour guide, Debbie, we knew we were in for a fun time. Walking into the mansion we were greeted with beauty and elegance, but yet was not museum-like. It all came together when we learned the owners lived... More

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

Brenda what a wonderful review, thank you! Debbie is a treasure and her warm, welcoming spirit is one of our greatest assets. Michael and I really wanted our guests to experience a home first and foremost. So many historic homes or mansions are very cold and sterile and I think that is because they have a museum atmosphere and the... More

florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Did not know what to expect when I made reservation to see the mansion but it was so awesome. They did such a great job restoring it and I am so glad they took on the task. It would have been such a shame to see this gem torn down or fallen down. I also think the price is well... More

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

Thank you very much for your visit and your top rated review. We lose amazing architectural and historical gems every year, I just couldn't bear if that happened to the Stetson Mansion. That is the main reason Michael and I stepped in. All the best. More

DeLand, Florida
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I have lived just blocks from this home for some time and have just taken the time to tour this great piece of history. I have seen pictures, but nothing compares to seeing it up close and personal. Our tour guide, Debbie, was friendly, personable and knowledgeable. I felt quite welcome in this beautiful home and never once felt out... More

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

No thank you Mary! I am so happy that you finally had the opportunity to tour the mansion. Debbie is one of the best tour guide because not only is she knowledgeable but she is passionate about what she does. Every chance that she gets to lead a tour is a chance for her to spread the magic and inspiration... More

DeBary, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great history in our back yard. The people that work here are so enthusiastic about the,history of this building and DeLand. It is a must see if you are in the area. We learned so much...ask lots of questions and have time to find out the answers.

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

Karin thank you so much for touring the mansion and allowing us to share all the history and grandeur of Florida's first luxury estate. So many of our guests are pleasantly surprised about just how much we all love touring guests from around the world through the mansion and schoolhouse. Our tour guides all have a love and passion for... More

Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The next time I visit the mansion, I am coming with bags. I was honored to spend my birthday at the mansion that beat out the house of mouse. I brought friends to give them a tour of this gem. They could not thank me enough. JT and Michael make sure that you feel as you are a guest of... More

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

Melleah it was my absolute pleasure to have you as a guest at the mansion on your birthday... on one of my tours!! Thank you for choosing the mansion as your place to celebrate with friends. The best compliment we could get is that visitors felt like they were our guests and not just an admission. The Stetson Mansion has... More

Akron, Ohio
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

If you are "into" History, Architecture, Decorating, Story-telling and Comedy, then the Tour of the Stetson Mansion in DeLand, FL is for you! Seems like an odd combination of things to experience on a House Tour, no? But, JT, one of the co-owners of the Mansion will hit all those topics I listed, and more. I most appreciated JT's comedic... More

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

Thank you , thank you , thank you!! What a wonderfully spirited review! I am so happy that you enjoyed your tour of the mansion and that I was lucky enough to have a fellow tour guide on one of my owner's tours. The mansion truly is the Grand Dame of Central Florida and thanks to folks like you and... More

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