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Stetson Mansion

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Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
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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EVERYTHING about this tour was fantastic! The tour guides, Debbie and Robyn, were very knowledgable and very energetic! They showed such a passion for the mansion. Was also great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Orange City, Florida
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Orange City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

EVERYTHING about this tour was fantastic! The tour guides, Debbie and Robyn, were very knowledgable and very energetic! They showed such a passion for the mansion. Was also great to meet one of the owners, JT. HIGHLY recommend this for anyone visiting Deland.

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

Thank you for such high praise my friend, we love reading guest feedback! Our guides rise to the level of "the best" in my book and their authentic passion is infectious. I hope that visitors and residents will take your advice and make a visit to the Stetson Mansion a must do. See you at the Mansion!! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have toured the Stetson Mansion twice - once for their Christmas Spectacular and once for their grand tour. The experience was both entertaining and informative and the guides made the tour even more enjoyable.

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

Thomas thanks for coming back to experience the Stetson Mansion unadorned and in its all natural beautiful state. I promise guests that regardless of when they visit the estate they will be inspired by the history, architecture and renovation of this national landmark. See you at the Mansion Thomas! More 

Eustis, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in awe throughout the tour. We received a generous and warm welcome from the tour guides as we signed in for the tour. We enjoyed the 'Zen' garden and some of the grounds prior to entering the mansion. We were welcomed by music from the baby grand piano...I was struck by the parquet floors restored impeccably, and the... More 

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

This is definitely a "joyful" review, thank you very much for sharing your experience with soon to be friends from around the globe. I am lucky enough to call The Stetson Mansion Estate our home but an even greater blessing is having the absolute pleasure and honor of sharing the mansion with the thousands of guests that walk through the... More 

Eustis, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic restoration. The love and care is reflected in every nook and cranny. Robin and Debbie were more than gracious hosts, one got the feeling of visiting friends rather than guided tourists. JT's appearance was an added bonus. Will definitely spread the word and return at Christmas.

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

Thank you! The restoration of the Stetson Mansion was an absolute labor of love and now that we get to share that love, history and inspiration with so many guests year after year. I am thrilled to know that your experience was a 5 STAR experience and that you will visit us again during our Christmas Spectacular. More 

College Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this on TripAdvisor for Things to Do. So glad I went and didn't pass this up.! JT was so gracious and invited us to his home! The tour waz provided by Debbie and Robin. Robin greeted us outside because we were slightly late. We joined everyone else without a problem. Thank You. Debbie and Robin were very informative about... More 

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

We are so glad you didn't pass us up also, thank you for visiting with us! Debbie and Robin are always filled with joy, and excitement whenever they get to lead a tour and I still love popping in on tours to say hello to everyone and thank them for allowing us to share the mansion with them. In our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was truly impressed with this tour! The creativity, hospitality, friendliness of the owners /guide was top notch. Thank you , Julian

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

Julian thank you for touring the mansion and allowing us to share the architecture and history captured within these walls. Our tour guides are the best of the best and we are thrilled to include them into our Stetson Mansion family. Thanks for the 5 STARS Julian and we hope to get a chance to visit us again one of... More 

belfast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a wonderful morning being shown around Stetson Mansion by the knowledgeable and entertaining guide Debbie. This is a family home, full of character with unique design and heritage with priceless items on display of historic significance. The mansion is easily accessible, is set on one site, is immaculate both inside and out. This is well worth a visit, recommended... More 

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

Thank you so very much for all those wonderful things you said in your review my friend. I cannot begin to express the absolute joy we get from sharing our home with guests from around the globe. Yes this is a beautiful landmark attraction but more importantly this is a home...our home. We share our lives with all who enter... More 

Lunenburg, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was probably the best tour I have ever been on... It was wonderful to see all the rooms in the house as well as be invited to sit and enjoy! The tour guide - Debbie - spoke from the heart - it wasn't a canned speech. The building itself was fascinating. I highly recommend this tour to anyone interested... More 

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

Awesome review, thank you so much Dawn! Debbie is a one of kind and her passion and love for sharing the mansion is absolutely sincere. Debbie along with all our tour guides are encouraged to make the tours personal first and foremost and although they are all informed about the history, architecture and restoration, there tours are all different. Touring... More 

The Villages, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see! I have been to the Stetson Mansion twice for their Christmas spectacular which is absolutely amazing!!! Wanted to see the Mansion "undressed" from its Christmas finery. I was not disappointed! Seeing the home non-holiday enabled me to see all the architectural details and I was able to go to the third floor (closed for Christmas)... More 

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

It is always so nice to welcome back old friends, thank you for continuing to experience all the history and inspiration of the mansion. Christmas is absolutely a magical time of year and I am only weeks away from decorating for this year's Christmas Spectacular...gulp! lol Regardless of what time one may visit with us I promise you will not... More 

Winter Park FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't believe I live in Orlando and never heard of this place. It is a secret gem. Magnificent home with fascinating history. John Stetson was a great man. The visit was as good as it was due to Debbie, the phenomenal tour guide. I strongly recommend a visit!

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

I am so happy that you discovered our hidden treasure just a few minutes from the Orlando. We often even hear from locals who tell us they never knew the mansion even existed...crazy. Thank you for helping us tell the rest of Central Florida and travelers from around the globe about Florida's best kept secret...The Stetson Mansion Estate. One more... More 

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