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Stetson Mansion

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Address: 1031 Camphor Ln, DeLand, FL 32720-5003
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+1 386-873-0167
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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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Beautiful home that has been lovingly restored by Michael and JT. Robin was our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Be sure to walk the grounds after the... read more

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful home that has been lovingly restored by Michael and JT. Robin was our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Be sure to walk the grounds after the tour. Would recommend to anyone. Thoroughly enjoyed our time at the mansion.

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Dodgeville, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Arrive a little early and take time to look at the photo book on the front porch. It will give you an idea of what it was like in the beginning as well as a glimpse at Mr. Stetson. The home is lovely and you feel like you are in a home, not a museum. They've done a wonderful job... More 

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

Thanks for joining us Sondra for a tour of the Stetson Mansion. This is definitely a living breathing home and we try our best to make guests feel as comfortable and welcome as possible, I am so glad that your time with us was enjoyable and memorable. Sue is a fantastic guide and her knowledge about the man and the... More 

Saint Cloud, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sue was our docent - excellent job of incorporating the history of the mansion, city of Deland in an entertaining way. Small groups (<25) for a personal touch. Wonderful job on the restoration, maintaining the integrity of the mansion. We live within an hour and will be bringing guests here in the future. There is so much more in the... More 

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

We appreciate your recent tour of the mansion and thank you for posting a review detailing your experience. The Stetson Mansion is not only a historic landmark but it is also our home and we try do our best to welcome guests warmly and offer a comfortable all access tour. Our smaller tours offer seating for guests who may need... More 

East Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful experience on the Grand Tour of the Stetson Mansion. We particularly enjoyed the Stetson personal history that was incorporated into the conversations about each room. We were very impressed and appreciate the vision that JT and Michael showed in taking on this challenging project. The Stetson Mansion is well worth seeing.

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

Thanks so much Sharon for the 5 STARS, I am so glad that your tour was a memorable one. Michael and I love sharing the mansion with guests like yourself and we appreciate all the kind and enthusiastic responses and reviews. This was a huge challenge but it was worth every second of intense planning and hard work. See you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stetson Mansion is a hidden gem in Deland, Florida. Sue, our tour guide, was amazing. Looking forward to the Christmas tour so I can take my husband. Amazing faux finishes on walls and ceilings, and beautiful wood floors.

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

Diane thank you for visiting the "Crown Jewel" of central Florida, this truly is one of our state's best kept secrets. Sue is amazing and leads every tour with that same level of professionalism and excitement. Christmas is a magical time at the mansion and believe it or not I am already designing rooms and deciding on all the different... More 

North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stetson Mansion is a hidden gem and a must see when in Volusia County. Sue our tour guide was awesome ~very informative and knowledgeable and was very receptive to questions. We'll be coming back again when in the area and would love to come back at Christmas. This historic home should be seen by all locals and tourists ~~keep the... More 

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

Volusia County has so much to offer and the Stetson Mansion is truly a hidden gem that more and more visitors from around the globe are now discovering thanks to word of mouth referrals and reviews like yours on Trip Advisor. I hope we get the chance to share our Christmas Spectacular with you, it is a very special time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My friend Chris and I toured this magnificent home and we were enthralled with the elegant restoration. Robin our tour guide was so personable and her love for the surroundings was infectious. Each room has been creatively transformed into a masterpiece. The only downside was having to say goodbye to this sumptuous setting!

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

Patricia I am so glad that you and Chris enjoyed your tour of the mansion led by the one and only Robin...her tours are awesome and her enthusiasm is definitely infectious. Your comments obviously come from the heart and although saying goodbye can be a bit sad saying hello again can make up for that. Thank you for your visit,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed my tour immensely. Sue was a very knowledgeable guide. The history is fascinating. The home beautiful. I especially appreciated the wonderful gal on the porch who was so concerned about my dog that she sat with her while I was on tour. Very caring people.

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

I am so happy all aspects of your visit with us was so enjoyable, thank you for allowing us to share the mansion with you. Sounds like your dog enjoyed the visit to the mansion just as much as you..lol Sue sends her regards. More 

Clare, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took the grand tour of the grand mansion. Our tour guide, Sue, was very knowledgeable and enriched the tour with stories of both the original owners and the current owners. They have done an amazing job of carefully restoring the mansion, but yet have incorporated some modern features...bathrooms, kitchen, etc., and it all comes together beautifully! The grounds and... More 

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

Sue adds so much to the tours of the mansion and brings the history and restoration alive for our guest, thank you for touring our home and sharing your feedback with everyone. The restoration was a larger than life undertaking and the painstaking decision making was all worth it when we hear from folks like you, thank you for your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Susan our tour guide was very interesting and knowledgeable. The house was impeccably done with great attention to detail. We highly recommend the tour. A must visit!

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

Hello friend and thank you for touring the Stetson Mansion. Sue leads a wonderful tour and shares tons of history as well as behind the scenes stories of the restoration. Your high recommendation for others to make a visit to the Stetson Mansion a must is greatly appreciated as is your 5 STAR review. All the best to you! More 

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