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“Tour of Stetson Mansion with Christmas decorations”
Review of Stetson Mansion

Stetson Mansion
Ranked #1 of 78 things to do in DeLand
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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 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!!
Reviewed January 14, 2013

Mo and I did the Stetson Mansion tour today, grabbing the opportunity to see the Christmas decorations before they're are taken down. It was a wonderful afternoon, with the guide being one of the two owners, who was most informative and quite humorous at the same time. The mansion is truly one of the spectacular structures of the 19th century and these two delightful young men have done a wonderful job of preserving, if not completely restoring, John Stetson's wonderful home. We loved seeing the passion of two creative people expressed in this strusture which is an active home. Thanks guys. We loved every minute of it!

Can't wait to see it again without the decorations.

Thank Peter M
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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2013

Peter you are so welcome! Thank you for allowing us to guide your through Florida's first luxury estate. Stetson Mansion truly is an architectural and historical masterpiece right here in central Florida and we look forward to welcoming even more visitors from around the world! Thanks for sharing your experiece and we look forward to seeing you again soon!!

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Michael and JT have done an outstanding job restoring this mansion. We visited when the mansion was decorated for Christmas. AWESOME. This mansion should be on the National Historical Register.

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2013

Thank you so much for your review and visit! I believe that we are Florida's best kept secrets and with the help of people like you we are going to change that! This is not only a grand mansion but a prime example of American exceptionalism! We look forward to welcoming the world here in 2013!!

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

I want to say how much our group enjoyed the tour at Christmas time. We had JT Thompson give us the tour - he is co-owner and made the tour exciting and very interesting. They did a beautiful job of decorating the Mansion and we could even sit on the chairs or beds if we were tired of standing. I also bought the video tape that has Pavarotti singing at the end - it shows JT decorating the Mansion in fast motion. I recommend everyone to see this beautiful Mansion that JT and Michael have remodelled to make it their home - they made it so beautiful and decorated it tastefully .
Rosalie

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2013

Rosalie thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and feelings about the Stetson Mansion and the tour with everyone! The film maker Edson Pacheco who created the beautiful dvd and book is so talented! I still get chills whenever I watch his dvd or look at his photography. Thank you for supporting the mansion with your visit and 5 star review!!

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

I was so amazed at the Stetson Mansion. Since going there last Thursday, I haven't stopped talking about it. I think it is a place that everyone should visit and bring your friends & family. It was wonderful and the best part was that we were fortunate to be in the group that had JT be our tour guide. He had such enthusiasm, knowledge, personality and humor. My husband usually doesn't get excited about the Christmas decorations. So, I was pleasantly surprised when we were only on tour for about 10 minutes, and he said how great it was, and glad that he came. The restoration work is so beautiful, and to think that JT & Michael completed it in 18 months and were able to keep the historical look of the Mansion. We toured all 3 floors, the outside & the school house. The decorations were beautiful & meaningful. The floors were gorgeous, so we would like to go back again during the year.

Thank you,
Joan & John Schauer

Thank Joan S
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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2013

Thank you for such a wonderful review Joan! I am so glad that your husband enjoyed himself as well. Stetson Mansion is a magical place and it can win over even the toughest critic! We so appreciate your time spent with us and for spreading the word about this hidden masterpiece to all your family and friends. Our dream is to one day be one of the most visited historical attractions in the state of Florida! Thank you for helping us with that dream!!

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

We were truly delighted with the extensive tour of the Stetson Mansion. Our guide and owner was very informative about their adventures while restoring the house. It was truly a stunning mansion, and we were amazed that we were able to see almost all the rooms. At this time, it was still decorated for Christmas throughout which added to the beauty of the home. This tour is well worth the drive to Deland. After the tour, this town offers a delightful downtown area full of small shops and great eateries. This is a wonderful way to spend a day.

Thank Sandyie
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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2013

We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit with us and thank you for your top rating!! Deland is a wonderful little town and so many of our guests discover it for the first time after they visit with us. This is definitely a fun and relaxing way to spend your day! Thank you for touring with us!!

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