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Address: 1031 Camphor Ln, DeLand, FL 32720-5003
Phone Number: 13868730167
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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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This was my second visit to the mansion. Loved both times. The tour guides do an excellent job of telling the history of the Stetson's and the building and renovation of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my second visit to the mansion. Loved both times. The tour guides do an excellent job of telling the history of the Stetson's and the building and renovation of the mansion. Definitely worth the trip and a nice part of Florida history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were in deland for a workshop at another location and since we brought out RV we decided to stay another day and visit Deland. We are only 2. Hours away from home but find we never visit the surroundings. AND are we GLAD we did. Thank you trip advisor for having the Stetson Mansion Tour on your site. Even... More 

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

Marilyn first and foremost THANK YOU for visiting The Stetson Mansion Estate, we are all so excited to read about your experience and hope that others will venture out to make a visit to The Stetson Mansion part of their agenda as a citizen of Central Florida or a visitor to Central Florida. Thank you so much for your feedback... More 

Palm Coast, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured Stetson mansion during the Christmas holiday season last year and elected to take JT and Michael up on their BOGO return offer. While the Christmas decorations are truly extraordinary, I'm an old wood, saws and nails guy, and I returned for a look at the wood work. Amazing craftsmanship for the period. Well worth going for the grand... More 

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

Larry what can I say...thank you my friend! I am right there with you my friend, the floors and woodwork are amazing and even after 10 years I am always grateful and honored to be able to share the Stetson Mansion with the thousands and thousands of guests from around the globe...THANK YOU!! Living here reminds me every day of... More 

The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hi, I went on my 5th visit to the Stetson Mansion this am. We had a surprise JT pop in on our tour. I brought a friend that had never been using my bygo. Brought 2 friends in the spring also, using bygo. Glad you are keeping again next year.. Thanks. Tour was great Robin always does a super job... More 

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

5th visit...WOW!! Thank you so much my friend! As usual, whenever I get to drop in on one or two of our thousands of guest tours I am always humbled and overjoyed by the reception and kindness from so many. Robin is the the best in the business and she always leads her tours with passion and love. I promise... More 

DeLand, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing, Just amazing!!! This is our new Holiday tradition. Well worth a drive from anywhere in Florida.

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

So happy to know that we are part of your holiday tradition my friend! Thank you for encouraging others to experience Florida's best kept secret. If you are anywhere in the Central Florida region we hope that you will include a visit to the Stetson Mansion on your "must do" list. See you at the Mansion!! More 

St. Johns, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The original history of the mansion & the Stetson family is more than equaled by the commitment & love brought to the beautiful rejuvenation of this home & surrounding gardens. A true treasure in Florida, this home, owners & representatives embrace you with joy. The privilege of touring this home is something everyone should experience.

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

Maryann your beautiful words are a reminder of why Michale and I took on such a seemingly daunting project. Thank you for touring this amazing piece of architecture that we get to call home it is our absolute privilege to be able to share it with you and visitors from around the world. Maybe this crazy idea that we had... More 

Coral Gables, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Stetson Mansion is of historical interest at any time of year. But at Christmas, it is spectacular, with the owner's meticulous work creating a holiday masterpiece.

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

Greg thank you so much for your high praise about our "Christmas Spectacular"...I am currently working on making this years Christmas Spectacular the best ever. I hope you will return again to experience some Christmas magic!! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Subject: Stetson Mansion Location: DeLand, Florida, United States, North America Title: Surprising! ID#: 399328804 I have visited famous Florida mansions like Mar-A-Lago and the Flagler Mansion, they are museums. The Stetson Mansion is so different. It welcomes you into a cozy and warm "home". The tour guides were excellent. We even got to meet one of the owners and hear... More 

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

Karin first of all thank you for touring the Stetson Mansion and giving us a 5 STAR rating, we are all so grateful. The biggest compliment for us is that you felt welcomed in this amazing place we get to call home. The best days for us are when we have tours, weddings or events because the mansion comes alive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Stetson Mansion was everything that I wished and hoped it would be (and more)! My friends and I recently did a tour and was completely in awe about the history, structure, and ambiance of the place. I didn't think historical places like this existed in Florida until now. Our tour guides were Nick and Robin who explained much of... More 

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

Wow, my favorite part of your review was the...."and more" comment! Thank you so much for reminding us why we love what we do so much, it is all about sharing the history, architecture and stories of inspiration. We are so fortunate to have the most amazing team that one could wish for, continually leading with passion, knowledge and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful experience that my friends and I shared at the Stetson Mansion! I love to learn and am a history buff. Witnessing first hand the beautiful architecture and pieces throughout the venue was fascinating. What I loved about the team there, from the tour guides to the owners, was the passion and the love that they had for... More 

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

Judy I am so glad that you got to tour the Stetson Mansion with your friends, that always makes for an even more memorable experience. There is never a dull moment at the mansion, whether we are welcoming guests for a tour or prepping the estate for a wedding...how lucky are we to be part of such a legacy, that... More 

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