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Stetson Mansion

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Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720
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+1 386-873-0167

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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Worth the price of admission!

Very informative tour. Not only the history of the Stetson family but the history of the mansion also. The current owners live there and let you into their personal space... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very informative tour. Not only the history of the Stetson family but the history of the mansion also. The current owners live there and let you into their personal space. Well worth the price of admission! Thoroughly enjoyed it!!

Thank Caryn K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Absolutely fantastic,Robin was so great, the detail in which she explained ever room was amazing. My daughter and I went on the Christmas tour, and just had to come back for the Grand tour, and we are so glad we did, it was different, I missed a lot of the houses detail with the Christmas tour the decorations were beautiful... More 

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Petit-Rocher, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

-This was our 1st visit to Deland as well as the Stetson Mansion. -Mona and I had heard about this crown jewel of Florida by our friend and winter neighbour Sue who is also a tour guide for the owners -All I can say is is a big WOW !!! -An Incredible amount of work goes into putting up all... More 

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DeBary, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not only did I learn a lot about this beautifully restored house, I also learned a lot about the history of Deland. Our tour guide, Sue, is very knowledeable. If you are interested in beautiful old houses, and history, the Grand Tour of the Stetson Mansion is a must do!

Thank AmyK1967
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I think I had seen something about this house on TV but didn't listen too carefully because we live up north. Thankfully, we were able to take a trip to Daytona Beach to thaw out. After getting our fill of beach time, we were looking for something different to do. So glad we found this on TripAdvisor. We began the... More 

Thank Skysocks1
Blairsville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a wonderful, exciting day my family and I had touring this beautiful mansion. Joann, our tour guide was incredible and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A very energetic and excellent guide took us thru this modernization project of a historic home. An active residence, it was fun to see. The neighborhood it is in is a little rough around the edges. Worth seeing. Disappointed to see that the present owners might be selling.

Thank Peter B
JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Hi Peter, I wanted to take the time to thank you for touring this incredible landmark mansion that Michael and I are so fortunate to call home. We both believe that historic structures should be used, lived in and enjoyed and not just turned into time capsules from an era gone by. That is why we did an adaptive restoration... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We read about the Stetson Manson on Trip Advisor and thought we would give it a try. What an unexpected pleasure! From the lovely grounds, stunning architecture and rich interior, it was a feast for the eyes. The woodwork, floooring and windows were beautiful. The owners clearly have done a meticulous job of restoring this mansion . Definitely a must... More 

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

Thank you for giving us a try, I am thrilled to read that we exceeded your expectations. Stetson Mansion is still one of Florida's best kept secrets but we have been working tirelessly for over 10 years to change that. Little by little the world is discovering our hidden treasure and that in part is due to guests like you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This 1887 mansion is a hidden gem in Deland, Florida. Our tour guide, Sue, was extremely well informed. The mansion is exquisite, with extraordinary parquet floors (really, really extraordinary). The history of the mansion was well-explained by our docent. The group had an extra bonus of a surprise visit by one of the current owners of the mansion, JT, who... More 

Thank Marjorie B
JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Your visit with us Marjorie and your review are greatly appreciated Marjorie, thank you from all of us at the Stetson Mansion. Sue's tours are quite popular and her vast knowledge about the history and the restoration is endless, I am so happy that you enjoyed her tour. The floors, what can I say other than WOW! Even after almost... More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was yet another amazing visit to the Stetson Mansion. After all these years I am never disappointed. Every visit leaves me with more appreciation for the history, and the work the owners put into keeping the mansion alive. Be ready to snap pictures because you never know what will catch your attention. After your visit you can pick up... More 

Thank Maria09ortiz
JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this review

Hello there Maria and thank you for consistently singing the praises of this incredible landmark, which we are so blessed to call home. All of us here at the mansion feed off the joy and excitement that we experience from our guests and that is what makes this journey of restoring and sharing the Stetson Mansion life altering. We hope... More 

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