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Stetson Mansion

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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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Christmas at the Stetson Mansion

We went in early January so as to extend celebrating the holidays. Ours was a goup of adults on a day trip outing. None of our party had been before and we were not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Merritt Island, Florida
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Merritt Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went in early January so as to extend celebrating the holidays. Ours was a goup of adults on a day trip outing. None of our party had been before and we were not disappointed. The home itself is very beautiful having been lovingly restored. The porch is grand but step inside... it is breath taking. Our tour guide was... More 

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

This was our third tour of the Stetson Mansion. One regular tour, a glorious Christmas tour, but this was the first time for the Grand Tour . It was the grandest tour of all. Every time we come we see something new and different. Our tour guide was Robin and she did an excellent job of telling the history of... More 

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

Thank you, thank you. thank you my friend. It is our absolute pleasure to be able to share this amazing landmark attraction which just so happens to be our home. We cannot begin to tell you how much we appreciate your loyalty and support. Robin elevates all tours to an experience that will be remembered and cherished for years to... More 

New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can I say about this old mansion sitting beautifully tucked away in downtown DeLand, FL. We stopped by on a whim not realizing the mansion was a private home as well as available for weddings and what seems to be an amazing Christmas tour. The owner was so gracious and allowed us to walk the grounds and a very... More 

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

Hi there Michelle! I remember you and your friend dropping in during one of our styled wedding shoots...it was a bit of a zoo at the time. We will be closing next week to prepare for our Christmas Spectacular beginning November 15th and continuing till Jan 15th. I hope you get the opportunity to return to see the mansion decked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 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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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Thanks for making your way back to the Stetson Mansion Bonnie, we love when pasts guests return with family and friends. We are so grateful to have such loyal, passionate tour guides that share the history and grandeur of the mansion so enthusiastically. This is authentic Florida at its best. Thanks so much for your 5 STAR review! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 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 August 18, 2016

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 August 13, 2016

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 August 10, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

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 August 4, 2016

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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