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Stetson Mansion

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Address: 1031 Camphor Ln, DeLand, FL 32720-5003
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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 Mansion

Every visit is an informative step back into the history of DeLand and the Stetson family (think hats and university), but at Christmas the beautifully decorated mansion is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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DeLand, Florida
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

nice interesting beautiful to mention a few great thing to do on anice day grounds and mansion well kept

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Shoreham, NY
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Every visit is an informative step back into the history of DeLand and the Stetson family (think hats and university), but at Christmas the beautifully decorated mansion is not-to-be-missed! Tour guides are friendly and informative ... and you may get lucky, the resident-owner is frequently a tour guide.

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

Thank you for sharing your experiences of visiting the mansion. I refer to the mansion sometimes as "the house that hats built" and John B Stetson's legacy lives on here proud and stronger than ever. This year's upcoming Christmas Spectacular is going to be an epic event and I can't wait to welcome you back along with guests from around... More 

JOHNS CREEK
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed the tour of the Stetson Mansion. Our guide, Robin, made the tour fabulous. She was energetic, enthusiastic and her passion for the Mansion was very obvious. The home is lovely and the stories behind it were interesting. We will return for sure.

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

Sue I am so glad that you enjoyed your tour of the mansion, thank you for allowing us to share all the history, architecture and restoration stories with you. Robin is one of the best guides in the business and by the time guests leave they feel like they have a new friend. We look forward to welcoming you back... More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went to Stetson Mansion today it was absolutely fabulous. Our tour guide Robyn was very friendly and had a wealth of knowledge about the Mansion. During our tour we met JT Thompson what a nice person. He made us feel very welcome. Unlike tours in the UK this is a home and you can sit on chairs and look... More 

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

I personally want to thank you for touring this incredible landmark that we are so very fortunate to call our home. Robin is a tour guide at the mansion but she is so much more than that, she is now part of the family as are all our guides. She leads guests through the mansion with such joy and passion... More 

Longwood, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My friends and I just learned about Stetson Mansion and couldn’t wait to take the tour. The mansion and the tour not only met, but exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide, Robin was perfect. She was so full of information and answered any and all questions with great enthusiasm. J T popped in during the tour, and I became instant... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was looking for something to do with my mother during our three day stay in Orlando. I googled "home tours" and found the Stetson Mansion. Never having heard about this home I wasn't sure that the 90 min round trip would be worth the pleasure. Oh my, WHAT A TREASURE! We arrived without a RSVP (a RSVP is greatly... More 

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

Kathy I am so happy that you and your mom found us, thank you for touring the Stetson Mansion with one of the best tour guides in the business, Robin. Michael and I along with our amazing guides continually try and enhance our guests experiences by touching base with each other and asking about their groups experience and if there... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My mother wanted to go here for her birthday and Mother's Day gift (they were on the same day this year). We had a great time! Our tour guide Robin was very knowledgeable and you can tell she was passionate about the history of the home. We didn't get to tour the grounds because of the rain, but the day... More 

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

First of all please pass my wishes for a year filled with laughter and wonderful memories to your mom for her birthday! I am thrilled to read that you all had such a wonderful time with Robin. Robin makes everyone feel like its their birthday on her tours and truly turns a visit to the mansion into a cherished memory.... More 

Winter Garden, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter booked the tour at my request for a birthday present. I love historical houses. The decorating was awesome. Everything fit together nicely. Saw a few updates that I would like to add to my house. It was raining so we didn't get to check out the grounds. JT surprised us with an appearance. It was very nice meeting... More 

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

Hello there! I believe I just thanked Jamie for touring and to pass on birthday wishes to you in the previous review, how nice of you to take the time to share your feedback! Sounds like you are hinting to take over the "schoolhouse" as a permanent resident...that all will depend on just how good a cook you are...hehehehe I... More 

The Villages
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4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent Friday afternoon touring the Stetson Mansion. Our tour guide, Robin greeted us at the front porch and we toured the zen garden while we waited for the rest of the tour group. The house is so incredible. The restoration is beautiful and even the 21st century updates fit in beautifully. It's incredible to realize that this house is... More 

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

Deni thank you for spending part of your Friday afternoon touring the Stetson Mansion, we are so happy that you enjoyed your tour with the one and only Robin, the restorations and the history of this amazing piece of architecture. Michael and I love sharing our home with the world and we hope that you will return with friends and... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to the mansion with the Victoria Gardens Women's Club, Michael had been to our monthly club meeting as a guest speaker. The presentation and video really peaked my interest. A date was set for any of the ladies that would like to tour as a group. First of all, the location of the mansion was not where I... More 

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

Hello there Chris and THANK YOU so much for touring the Stetson Mansion with The Victoria Gardens Women's Club, all of us truly enjoyed welcoming you all to one of Florida's best kept secrets, which is practically in your own backyard! So many locals think that the president's mansion on Stetson U campus is Stetson Mansion but that is not... More 

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