Stetson Mansion
Stetson Mansion
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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 is one of the first homes in the world to be designed and built with Edison electricity. 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 Reservations are required $20-$30 per person and children are $15. Payment is cash at the door and we do charge applicable sales tax. See you at the Mansion!!
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  • Mary J
    Pinellas Park, Florida2 contributions
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    Fabulous Place
    My husband and I toured this beautiful mansion this week. We absolutely loved it! The tour guide did a great job and they were very sensitive to giving us time to sit for a few minutes during the tour. I definitely recommend the tour and then spend the day in lovely Deland afterward.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Jim A
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    A Gem that takes you back to the heyday of the 1880s
    We had a great tour with Joanne. We were given unique facts about the house’s original construction as well as the renovation. She also had extensive background on John B Stetson. The house is a true labor of love and carefully restored.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Debbie V
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    Stetson Mansion Historical House Tour
    Tour guide Kim shared wonderful information in her lovely Florida hospitality way. Kim’s friendly vibe made us all feel comfortable and her conversational style engaged our group from start to finish. We felt welcomed in this beautiful grand Florida home that the present owners have tried to honour with their restoration work. A fun way to see a little Florida 19th century history.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Carla S
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    Stetson Mansion is a MUST SEE!
    The entire experience of seeing The Stetson Mansion up close and personally was a truly enjoyable, high quality, historic, warm and just beautiful gift. History is so impacted by people like John Stetson and Thomas Edison, and they played a big part in the creation of this magical place. Spotlessly clean, immaculate, shiny and beautiful, with beautiful old glass and incredible woodwork, 13 bathrooms, and so much more... anyone who lives in or visits Florida should include this gem in their lives. We saw the Christmas showing first last year (simply stunning), and couldn't wait to also do the Historic Tour 2 days ago (March 1, 2023). It was even more special (yet a little sad) to know this year's Historic Tours would be the last... but thank you to the owners of Stetson Mansion for continuing the beautiful Christmas tours. Kim was our Historic Tour Guide, and she is wonderful! Such stories and history accounts, she brings it all to life!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Nilufer K
    Key West, Florida6 contributions
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    Hats off to the Stetson Mansion
    Thank you, J.T., Michael and our illustrious docent, Joanna, for a wonderful experience. My husband and are a great fans of unique architecture, particularly historical and antique homes. The Stetson Mansion did not disappoint. I can't wait to go back for the Christmas Tour! Joanna was extremely charming and knowledgeable and we truly enjoyed her insights. Thanks so much for your preservation and presentation of this lovely and priceless abode.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • harleete1
    Daytona Beach, Florida5 contributions
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    Amazing hidden treasure
    While we read the background info on Mr Stetson before arriving, it was enhanced so well by our tour guide. She did an excellent job describing his world and this wonderful home…the who, why, where and what. It was so interesting and really an amazing treasure that I’m glad we found out about
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Amy H
    Albuquerque, New Mexico2 contributions
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    Stetson Mansion, Deland, Florida
    We toured Stetson Mansion in Deland last week. For almost two hours, we followed our guide, JoAnn through this amazing home hearing stories of its history, of the famous hat-maker John Stetson, of the current owners, of the architecture and the extensive renovations that have been made. It was fascinating and entertaining; there was something for everyone, and JoAnn was a big part of that. These whole-house tours are ending in April this year. Don't miss it. Great day trip from anywhere is Central Florida! Thanks to JT, Michael, and their great team. We loved JoAnn, and we'll be back for the Christmas Spectacular for sure.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Barbara Y
    Charlotte, North Carolina3 contributions
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    A fabulous must see in Deland Florida
    Well worth the time and money to see a fine example of late 1800's architecture and the style of living of that day. Wonderfully renovated with most all architectural features retained and restored. The upgrades to today's living are in fine taste and considerable nod to the home's original fine style. The tour guides are amazing performers. Very kind and knowledgeable. Will and can answer questions on the home and the original, as well as, current owners. Who ever trained these volunteers deserves a job in the theater. Hats off to Joann! Highest class of a home tour I have participated in to date. I am a fan!!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Diane
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    A bit of history worth seeing.
    Highly informative and interesting tour of the history of the house and Mr. Stetson himself. The flooring was amazing, hand cut parquet floors throughout. Kudos to the owners who restored the home 16 years ago and returned much of it’s original grandeur. The original architecture was maintained and restored to it’s original beauty.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Robert M
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    Historical Manor home in Florida
    Really enjoyed the history of the house and looking at the surrounding areas as we walked through each room. The floors were magnificent and different in each room. The Manor has been well cared for with a blend of present day amenities and with careful preservation of the original structure. A salute to Stetson for building this winter home and to the present owners for caring enough to return it to its glory.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 5, 2023
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Paul S
Boston, MA8 contributions
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Feb 2022
Historic homes are sort of like an oldies station. Ever wonder why the music of the 60s sounds so good compared to today’s music? The oldies stations only play the best oldies; the tunes in the bad to mediocre range never make it to the playlist.

Similarly, the very best historic homes are often the ones that survive, and end up open to the public for explanation. This is particularly true for homes built in the late nineteenth century, where the builders and architects were starting to incorporate the new technology of indoor plumbing and electricity into their buildings.

The Stetson Mansion is one of those gems. The mansion, built by hatter John B. Stetson in 1886, incorporated cutting edge technology into its design. Like many of us today, Mr. Stetson sought some mid-winter warmth, and embarked on the task of building a small mansion in a tourism and citrus town that was being developed by his friend, Henry Addison DeLand.

The story of this home involves the friends of Mr. Stetson. Electricity? Sure, let’s invite Thomas Edison to supervise the wiring of the home. The Stetson Mansion attracted many famous visitors, ranging from U.S. presidents to British royalty into this comfortable winter retreat. Comfortable is the key word, as it is not an oppressively formal palace like those found in Newport; it is a place where you can feel right at home.

In fact, the owners of this mansion do feel right at home. The home has been restored and modernized, and this tour runs through a historic home that is also a private residence. The old fuse box, installed and labeled by Thomas Edison, is next to a cappuccino machine. Renovations and restorations added modern amenities, such as a walk-in closet and some en suite bathrooms, that are subtle enhancements that are tastefully done to preserve the integrity of the original home.

Reservations are required, and the Stetson Mansion operates under limited hours that respect the owner’s ability to live in this historic home. If you have the good fortune of having Jo Anne lead you through the home, you will spend a couple of hours filled with interesting stories about Mr. Stetson, his wife, his home, his visitors, and his relationship with DeLand.

We spent the morning taking a St. John's River Eco Tour in DeBary, and we toured the mansion in the afternoon. The two tours combined into a wonderful day in Central Florida.
Written February 25, 2022
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Tim L
Denver, CO31 contributions
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Dec 2020
Wonderful tour of a great mansion. There are very few 100+ year old historical homes that have been preserved and so incredibly restored. Priceless examples of what artisan carpenters are able to create. You can see the love and pride that the current owners have invested into this great treasure.

The tour lasted for more than an hour and a half and the price was very very reasonable. Our tour guide Joanne obviously loves her job. Her excitement and the history and stories she conveyed gave life to this home.

You get to see most of all three floors of the mansion which is a big plus. People traveling along the Atlantic and pass by Daytona Beach or anyone visiting Orlando MUST SEE this home. Worth the time, effort and fee.
Written December 9, 2020
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Lisa Ermine
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Dec 2020 • Solo
While at my timeshare in Daytona this week I was a bit disappointed in the lack of street Christmas decorations. Most years I drive to St. Augustine to see loads of beautiful Christmas lights! But this year I was visiting alone (Hubby wasn’t able to join me) so instead of that long a drive I decided I would go to see the beautiful Stetson Mansion Christmas extravaganza!
Arriving there I found the Christmas decorations were not done this year with good reason, Covid 19- explaining that it takes months over months to decorate and with the the unknown future back from April or if they would even be able to stay open, made a choice not to decorate.
All things considering I had a wonderful experience, a very knowledgable and pleasant guide and viewed an absolute fantastic Mansion and happy I made the visit.
I will tell you everything was run with perfection, smoothly and on time. The home has been kept up impeccable and the different ideas of use of rooms, bath and grounds are major league. The hidden stories of the Stetsons were fun to learn and the now owners lives were also included into the mix which made the tour a one of a kind!
I also loved the school room and the thought of being able to buy some things for Christmas (Without any pushing) and as a nice remembrance of my day. Everyone vacationing the surrounding cities should take the drive and time to visit the Stetson Mansion, it is worth the cost as well as an all around well provided experience.
Written December 9, 2020
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Pauline Z
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Apr 2022 • Family
A MUST SEE. This is a private home and full time residence of those who painstakingly, lovingly, restored it to it's former glory, and as you will be told "as if the Stetson family still lived there". As such, there are modern amenities but the detail paid to restoration of architecture and furnishings and preservation of historical points such as Edison's fuse panel will quickly override your senses and you will not conscientiously notice most of them. Even the schoolhouse is an amazing piece of architecture. Once the tour begins (recommend the full, not partial) you will find yourself immersed in a time and culture in history so amazing you will almost feel the presence of the Stetson family and their famous visitors. My son graduates high school next May and wants to become an architect, which is what drew us to the mansion, in addition to his love of all things western and Stetson attire. The architecture is absolutely amazing and the floors are awe inspiring as is the dental work on the ceilings. To think each piece was hand made and installed or laid is unfathomable in today's age of construction. Purchase both books written by the owners about themselves and the restoration to wrap up an amazing day. We left with two desires - to meet the owners in person (and for my son, to talk architecture with Michael) and wondering what time the elegant lawn party started. (Oh, make that three - we wanted to stay overnight a few days....). Tickets are a bit expensive but worth the experience, and guides are extremely engaging and knowledgeable. We will definitely visit again, perhaps for what we have been told is a spectacular Christmas presentation. Remember on your visit, you are not going to a museum (they will tell you this too), but a living example of history, Florida history, and the home of two very amazing people. What a great experience! Thank you J.T., Michael, and JoAnn.
Written June 4, 2022
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Bill B
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Jan 2020 • Friends
I took my 89 year old mother to this beautiful, historic, mansion. She loves Christmas decorations, but she just can't do the things she used to do, so I figured this tour would be perfect for her. JoAnn gave an intro speech on the porch, which was very informative. As soon as we walked in the front door, the unexpected happened. Not only was my mom impressed, but I was utterly speechless! Throughout to entire tour, I was amazed at the beauty, thoughtfulness, and imagination of the decorator. Every room was a different journey of inspiration! The tribute to heroes was very special to us. Two uncles in the Navy, along my father, brother, me, and my son having served in the Marine Corps, made this room emotional. Not only was this Christmas tour outstanding, I will definitely be back for the Grand Tour of the house when it opens!!! I'm currently reading the two books written by the owners that restored this historic mansion, and highly recommend them. You will be amazed at both the history of J. B. Stetson and the passion for the restoration of this mansion.
Written January 11, 2020
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Hello and thank you to you and your mom for making it to the last week of our Christmas Spectacular. I am thrilled to read that you both enjoyed your visit to our home and that you will always have this memory with your mom, how beautiful. I design every room with love and attention to detail, the Heroes Tribute room was definitely one I paid extra special attention to. Thank you to you and all your family members that took the oath to serve our country. I have been so incredibly touched this season by the outpouring of support and kindness from guests like yourself and all us at the Stetson Mansion wish everyone a 2020 filled with that same support and kindness. We open for historic tours in February and we do hope to see you back at the mansion soon. Please thank your mom for her visit as well. All the best!
Written January 11, 2020
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PeterButzin
Tallahassee, FL158 contributions
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Apr 2022
J.T. and Michael, the mansions owners and restorers are to be congratulated for their careful restoration and updating of this richly historical property.

I knew nothing about John B. Stetson's 20 years of "wintering" in Deland, although I had a clew in the 1990's when our family visited Stetson University as a possible "college landing" for our elder daughter. (She decided on Eckerd College, but Stetson has a recognized liberal arts program and a lovely campus.)

I particularly appreciated our visit because (1) I have advanced degrees in American History; (2) I'm a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and (3) I'm an avid woodworker, who appreciates fine moldings, unique, custom hardwood floors and hand-made window, frames, latices, leading and stained glass.

We purchased Michael Solari's book about Stetson, the mansion and the renovation in the "schoolhouse", which ends the tour.

This brief, easily readable book includes lots of "before & after" pictures. It also makes it clear, even in 2014, when the first edition was published, that the owners would like to sell the property to a worthy buyer. (A particularly strong pitch is made that Stetson University could make this into a profit center.)

If I were younger, and wealthy, I'd be happy to make an offer.

My hope that the property will continue to be preserved as a part of late 19th century history.

What was the nature of our visit? We spent a "multi-generational" week near Disney and Universal. Our children's and grandchildren's generations spent their days at the theme parks: which, at 77 years old, I see as little more than very expensive opportunities to stand in line for hours. Not for us. So, I Googled "historic homes in Central Florida" which provided links to the Stetson and Howey mansions. Alas, we couldn't squeeze in the Howey mansion, which will await our next visit. But I was intrigued with the Stetson Mansion's website, and we couldn't have been more pleased with our visit. We've lived in Tallahassee since 1973. Although we've traveled most of the state, we were unfamiliar with the Stetson Mansion, which is a gem, well worth visiting.

Oh, and a shout out to JoAnne, our tour guide. She was entertaining, well-informed and vivacious. My understanding is that one of the owners, J.T., also provides guided tours. Although this would have been a special treat, JoAnne presented herself, enthusiastically, as almost part of the family.
Written April 14, 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were a group of five adults that visited the Stetson Mansion on the Grand Tour. Our first impressions were of the beautiful parquet floors throughout the first and second floors. Totally awesome. The tour guide, JoAnn, was great and very knowledgeable and was able to answer every question posed by the tour group of 21. We were impressed by the original blinds in the Elizabeth bedroom and the effort that it took to restore them. The original architecture and windows were amazing and worth seeing.

We do wish that we would've been informed of a bathroom on site as we were so nervous about being stuck that we spent an hour before the tour looking for one in the city. (We, as well as the others in the tour group, are on the older side!) Joann explained it was to prevent a line since only a single (and original) bathroom was available. Understandable, but still. Overall, we enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to anyone. The tour is not for handicapped or anyone physically unable to climb stairs, so beware. Beautiful home and kudos to the owners for the restoration and sharing with the public.
Written February 29, 2020
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Hello friends and thank you to each of you for allowing us to share our home with you, we appreciate your visit. The floors and windows always take center stage but then on each of the 3 floors more history and beauty abounds. JoAnn has a wonderful way of making all our guests feel welcomed and comfortable as she guides everyone through every room in the mansion. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour so much. I will be sure to share your 5 STAR review with JoAnn :) See you at the Mansion!!
Written July 26, 2020
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Expedition577150
The Villages, FL12 contributions
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Mar 2021 • Friends
Our tour guide was wonderful, and this is our third time visiting. We’ve gone to see the Christmas display twice and were overwhelmed with the uniquely beautiful themes and displays in each gorgeous room. This tour, though, was the grand tour that included seeing the third floor in addition to the first two. Although there were no Christmas decorations, the magnificence of the architecture coupled with the historical information Joann provided gave us another layer of respect for this amazing property. I’m certain we’ll be back to tour Stetson Mansion again, and I very highly recommend their tours during any season.
Written March 8, 2021
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dgisme
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We went on the first day after the Christmas decorations came down. The house is a sight to behold even without all the glitter and tinsel.
We took the grand (afternoon) tour, which includes all three floors of this magnificent home. Our guide Jo Ann eagerly described details of the home, John Stetson's history, and what the current owners have done to preserve what they could from the 1886 home, and restore or tastefully renovate what could not be saved.
As a woodworker, I was blown away by the architectural detail of the parquet floors, wainscoting, and ornamental woodwork.
The tour took about 2-1/2 hours, but unlike a "museum" tour, we were encouraged to sit on the furniture to rest in many of the rooms. The stairs to the upper floors are steep, but everyone in our group was able to navigate them with little difficulty.
Did I enjoy it? Immensely!
Will I do it again? Absolutely!
Written February 6, 2020
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Rita L
Fenton, MI12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Simply grand! I teach the power of our intentions and the value of having a vision...and I am also an artist. Joann, JT, and Michael certainly tell the magic of the Stetson Mansion beautifully, but also demonstrate the power of like-minded people coming together and living the life they have always imagined! Thoughts ARE things - listen to your whispers and move in the direction of your dreams. Well done - professional, friendly, pure magic and a creative paradise of charm & grace.
Rita Long
Written February 11, 2020
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