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Stetson Mansion

Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
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Ranked #1 of 50 Attractions in DeLand
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Stetson Mansion is a spectacular Victorian mansion built for famed hat maker and philanthropist...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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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FT. LAUDERDALE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

JT and the crew were wonderful. The place is historic and updated and modern at the same time. I'd highly recommend a visit if you get in or around Deland.

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

Thank you so much Chuck for the 5 STAR review!! I am thrilled to read that guests are traveling from over 3.5 hours away to experience the history and grandeur of our national treasure. No matter what time of year the Stetson Mansion is an attraction that inspires. Thanks again for your visit and I hope that you will make... More 

Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I am ten years old and loved it! I went to the Christmas tour and from the moment I stepped in it was magical. The attention to detail was incredible; everywhere you look there is something to see. I loved how every room had a different theme. The bridal room was beautiful and so was the dining room. I learned... More 

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

Laurel we were all so excited to read your review about the Stetson Mansion. You are an AWESOME young lady and I wanted you to let you know just how much we appreciate your visit and your enthusiasm. Stetson Mansion is a very special place and I would love to welcome more younger guests so that they can experience the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This was my third visit to the Stetson Mansion in as many years. It was so beautifully decorated again this year and JT made the tour so fun! I always feel like I am visiting friends when I come back. I was excited to bring 3 of my friends with me this time, and we are all looking forward to... More 

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

Jacqueline what a nice review to open up as I am finishing up taking down all the Christmas decorations...thank you so much. I am so glad that you brought your friends along with you and that they enjoyed themselves just as much as you. Absolutely bring the guys next time around, I promise you they will be happy they tagged... More 

The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

Five of us girls decided to we would visit a new place to us. We had a wonderful time. Our tour guide was Robin. She was outstanding. She made the home come alive with her knowledge of the history as well as the restoration project. I highly recommend this tour and if you can have Robin as your guide you... More 

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

Linda I could not agree with you more...Robin is the best!! She makes me smile every time I pass her on a tour because she is having so much fum with the guests! Thank you for allowing us to share the history and beauty of this amazing place with you and your four friends, I am thrilled to read that... More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Friends told me I must take the time to come see the mansion at Christmas. It did not disappoint. What a great travel back in time with all the beautiful woodwork, decorations and updates. Each room had a different theme. Each one better than the next. It was definitely worth the hour's drive. Debbie, our tour guide, went out of... More 

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

Thank you for taking the hour ride over to visit the mansion, I am so pleased to read just how much you enjoyed your tour with Debbie, she is the best. So many residents in Central Florida have never heard of the Stetson Mansion until a friend or family member recommended us so highly that they make it a point... More 

The Villages, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

Pouring rain didn't discourage us from driving an hour and a half to the Stetson House to join in the last tour for this Christmas season. What an AMAZING spectacular spectacular!!!! The porch was so beautifully decorated in rich peacock colors that we were so anxious to get inside and see the rest! The decorating was beyond imagination....as we were... More 

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

Hello and thank you for weathering the storm and making out for the last tour of the Christmas season..so glad to read that the journey was worth effort! Michael and I were so excited to share the Stetson Mansion for the very first tour 9 years ago and we are just as excited today, and that is the ABSOLUTE truth.... More 

Belle Isle . FL, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

For lovers of older and distinctive architecture, particularly those structures of historic significance, you can't go wrong by paying a visit to the Stetson Mansion in Deland. Absolutely worth the price of admission! Those folks who get caught up in the Christmas season will particularly like the tours offered during the holidays when the interior is splendidly decorated. The season... More 

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

Anita I have to be honest I am a bit surprised to see that this is only your second review on Trip Advisor..you are a fantastic writer and should consider a career as a travel writer. Thank you so much for such a detailed all inclusive review, I enjoyed reading it as a traveler but even more as an owner.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Everyone coming into Florida should make this a place to go and see, amazing and so beautiful, I felt as if I were in a dreamland words cannot describe this please make this a must see!

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

So awesome to still be reading reviews like your's Tina as we are taking down Christmas decorations and preparing for the Stetson 150 Tours. Thank you for visiting the mansion and sharing your feedback. I hope you will visit again real soon! See you at the Mansion! More 

Franklin, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is A CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR MANSION. If you have not been to THE STETSON MANSION, you are missing out on a fantastic tour. I was lucky to get tickets for the last day of the Christmas tour for my friend and myself. You would think after Christmas a tour is not going to impress, WRONG!!! Oh my goodness, I am... More 

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

Your enthusiasm is infectious..thank you so much! I am so glad you got to make it to our last day of Christmas tours, every year I design completely different themes so when it's gone it will never be back again. We are all so grateful for this "Excellent" rating you gave us and for taking it on as a personal... More 

Port Orange, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I am from England staying wiith friends in Port Orange Florida,and came to visit on Tuesday 13th January 2015, I was most impressed with the restoration of the building which showed such love attention and detail and with the additional Christmas decorations and our very wonderful guide Debbie a most enjoyable afternoon, for anyone coming to Florida it is a... More 

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

Thank you very much Diane, we are all so excited that the Stetson Mansion is welcoming more and more international guests like yourself to experience our treasure. I have had the opportunity to speak with many friends "over the pond" and time and time again I hear how surprised they were to discover such history in Central Florida because back... More 

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