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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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We had friends come to visit us in The Villages and decided to tour with them the Stetson Mansion. We all loved it. Tour guides were so welcoming and informative. The house was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We had friends come to visit us in The Villages and decided to tour with them the Stetson Mansion. We all loved it. Tour guides were so welcoming and informative. The house was beyond our expectations. We're planning to return for the Christmas decorations!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This was my third trip to the mansion in the last six months. We had out of state company and I wanted them to see a piece of history as well as a wonderful renovation of a .lovely home. Every time I visit the Mansion I always see somthing new that I never saw on a previous visit. The tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

While 3 very dear friends of 58 years were visiting me in The Villages for the 1st time, I planned a day trip with this as the start. I had done the fabulous over the top Christmas Tour in 2013 & was a bit concerned. We all loved it & our guide Debbie helped make it! The details in restoration... More 

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I am a native Floridian and, until running into the owners on a cruise, I had no idea this mansion even existed. Michael and JT have done an amazing job with the restoration of this beautiful mansion. The tours are designed to make you feel as if your are a guest of the family. There are no roped off areas!... More 

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Visited yesterday, April 9, and I am still having lovely visions of the rooms and setting of this beautiful home. It can be enjoyed on so many levels; the décor, the history, the gardens and the restoration saga. Should be on everyone's "must see" when visiting central Florida. I am lucky enough to be a resident in the area and... More 

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East Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

My wife and I toured the mansion yesterday. It has been beautifully restored, and our tour guide was funny, informative, and truly cared about the history of the mansion. We had a great time!

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

Big thank you to you and your wife Jack for touring the Stetson Mansion, I am so glad to read that you both enjoyed your experience so much. Our tour guides are the best in my opinion but I may be a bit biased. Thank you also for the "excellent" rating. More 

Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Last Thursday I took the grand tour of all 3 floors of the beautifully restored Stetson Mansion. I had been on the Christmas Tour and was amazed with the beauty of this home. JT and Michael have done a fabulous job and we should all be grateful that they open their home for tours. Robin gave us a wonderful, energetic,... More 

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

Welcome back Jane! Thank you so much for returning with your friend, I am thrilled that our BOGO ticket offer from our Christmas Spectacular is so successful. Please remember that with that ticket you can visit the mansion as many times as you like with a friend and you will always be admitted in for free. The "Grand Tour" gives... More 

Beverly Hills, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Our daughter came to visit from Corning, NY and she suggested that we visit the Stetson Mansion. We found the Stetson Mansion to be a beautifully renovated home that offers a very unique touring experience. The entire house is open to view and experience, nothing was roped off to prevent access. We took the Grand Tour so that we wouldn't... More 

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

Thank you so much Tina for touring the mansion and sharing your experience with this enthusiastic review. I never get tired of reading about guests feedback because it reminds me of when I first walked through the front doors of this masterpiece almost 10 years ago. Granted, it didn't look like it does now but I feel in love with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Visited the Stetson mansion in Deland Florida this March 2015, I think anyone visiting this place will enjoy it if you like interior design or just looking round wonderful homes. The tour is very interesting hearing about the original Stetson family and about the two guys who own it now, what a wonderful job they have done to this beautiful... More 

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

Thanks Joanna for the 3 STAR review and all your words of praise! I am so happy to read just how much you enjoyed your tour of the mansion and that it was because of your mother in law that you decided to visit. Please make sure to tell her how much we appreciate her recommending that you experience that... More 

DeLand, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

My husband and I have lived in DeLand for almost 24 years and NEVER saw this beautiful mansion. It took snowbird neighbors who had been there at this past Christmas's extravaganza (2014) to take us there today and share the experience with us. Our guide, Debbie, was unbelievably knowledgeable and didn't flinch at any of our questions (and we had... More 

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

Hi Christine and welcome to the Stetson Mansion! So happy that you finally got to tour and experience the crown jewel of central Florida right here in DeLand. We are always so excited to welcome locals through the front doors and watch their expression as they experience the grandeur and history of this amazing piece of architecture. Michael and I... More 

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