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“Like being transported to a magical era!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Stetson Mansion

Stetson Mansion
1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
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Ranked #1 of 76 things to do in DeLand
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Richmond Hill, Georgia
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“Like being transported to a magical era!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We loved our Christmas tour this week! The lovely holiday decor was amazing- but even more fantastic was the beautiful restoration taking place at this historic home. I grew up in DeLand in the 70s and 80s and although a landmark, the Stetson Mansion always seemed forlorn and forgotten. No more though... The spirit of this great historic home is a beacon!

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review, December 30, 2013
I will sometimes go outside when our guides are leading tours to watch guests walking through the mansion and imagine what it must have been like back in the "Gilded Age". Back then the Stetson Mansion was a place reserved for only society's elite, but today our doors are open to welcome everyone. Thanks for your visit with us and the review!
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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“Christmas tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

very good tour,was lucky enough have one of owner's (J.T.) as guide.He very informative.Looks like a great place to stay.

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review, December 29, 2013
Thank you Lee for visiting with us. We appreciate your business and your review of the mansion. Come back and see us again sometime! Happy Holidays!!
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“Stetson Mansion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Even if it was 2 days after Christmas the Christmas spirit is still alive. The Holiday decorations were outstanding. Some, if not, the best I have ever seen. It was obvious that the owners, JT and Michael love their home which is absolutely beautiful. The care and planning that went into all the Christmas decorations really stand out. It is so beautiful that words cannot describe how gorgeous it is. As we were leaving JT was at the door to say goodbye and thank us for visiting.
Our tour guide Debbie was excellent. A trip I will recommend to my friends.

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review, December 28, 2013
Carole we spend so much time in trying to figure out what we can do to make a visit to the Stetson Mansion memorable regardless of the time of year, so your review means so much to us. Thank you for recognizing our efforts to wow folks with design, story telling and history all wrapped in one tour. I look forward to welcoming your friends and thank you for helping us spread the word about Florida's best kept secret!!
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“Stetson Mansion Christmas tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

This is a must see tour of a historical Old Florida mansion. The restoration work is first class and the Christmas decorations were exquisite. We were lucky enough to have JT one of the owners as our guide so we received the class A tour with all the background history and the reconstruction tales.

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review, December 28, 2013
Michael thank you for the "class A" tour comment, that was very kind of you to say. There is not much " Gilded Age" architecture in Florida so the Stetson Mansion truly is a hidden treasure. We are thrilled to share it with everyone looking to discover and explore a magnificent piece of art. Thank you for the top rating we appreciate it!
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“Great hour at the Mansion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas tour of the Stetson Mansion this afternoon. As our guide Andy told us, the Mansion is decorated uniquely different every year for the holiday season by its owners. This year, we were impressed by the tribute to our veterans. The Mansion was extraordinary. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and personable. We appreciated this history of Central Florida and the Stetson Family.

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review, December 27, 2013
Thank you Nan for mentioning the Military Tribute Room. This was our small way of saying thank you to all the veterans and military currently serving. After all it is due to them that we have the freedom to share such an amazing piece of American architecture. Thanks for the 5 star review!
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