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“Our first trip to the Stetson Mansion.. but not our last!!!!”
Review of Stetson Mansion

Stetson Mansion
Ranked #1 of 78 things to do in DeLand
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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.
Reviewed 8 December 2013

My husband and I did a Christmas tour of the Stetson mansion last night. WOW!!! Words cannot describe this wonderful, elegant home. The tour was given by one of the owners JT. He made us feel so welcomed in his home. All the rooms were beautifully decorated for Christmas each room given a theme.. absolutely amazing. JT describe the room that was dedicated to the veterans and inspired by his father that had served in the marines. A must see. This is not a museum but a home that has been preserved to capture all the original windows, floors, and the beautiful architecture of 1886 when the mansion was original built. If you have never been there you must go.. I have lived in this area for over 30 years and graduated from Deland high and never knew this gem was here. Thank you JT for the amazing tour and your warm hospitality that made us feel so welcomed. We will definitely return to the mansion.. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!

Thank 531Donna_S
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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2013

Donna thank you for taking the time out to write this wonderfully heartfelt and detailed review. This makes such a difference for attractions like ours because we get most of our visits by word of mouth. Stetson Mansion is an amazing architectural and historical masterpiece but it is hardly known. We have worked tirelessly to try and spread the word and slowly but surely folks are learning about it. Thank you for discovering our treasure and we look forward to your return real soon!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

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Reviewed 8 December 2013

We were pleasantly surprised when one of the owners came out and said he was our tour guide. JT was very enthusiastic and told of not only the history of the house and grounds but also all of the hidden gems of the restoration they undertook. He also told the back story's of all of the Christmas decorations. Awesome tour thank you JT.

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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2013

I love taking over a tour whenever I get the opportunity because sharing the mansion is an absolute joy for me. Thank you very much for visiting Florida's best kept secret and for helping us spread the word by writing a review. We look forward to your return one of these days. Take care.

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Reviewed 7 December 2013

Went with a group of friends today and were lucky enough to have JT, one of the co-owners as a tour guide.
The home is beautifully decorated for the holidays and the passion of the owners is evident in every room.
It is a must see if you are in the area and a great place to bring out of town guests.

Thank Mamadukes5
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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2013

I love sharing the Stetson Mansion with out of town visitors. This mansion is a great source of pride and history for all of us that live in central Florida and it is an honor to be able to live and work here. Thank you so much introducing others to this architectural and national treasure!

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Reviewed 7 December 2013

What a beautiful blending of old world elegance and modern appointments. The current
owners, Michael and JT have done a wonderful job of preserving a remarkable home while
making it comfortable for today.
I toured the house last year and brought friends to see them this year. What a surprise to see
a totally different theme. Can't wait to see next years theme!

1  Thank Carol A
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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2013

Thank you so much for visiting with us again Carol and bringing friends , we really do appreciate your support. The Stetson Mansion is a hidden treasure but thanks to folks like you that will not be the case for much longer! Happy holidays!

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Reviewed 7 December 2013

My wife made reservations for us to visit this gem on my birthday, the 6th. What a fabulous time we had. Our guide Suzanne was very knowledgeable about this precious home's history, and extremely friendly. The Christmas decorations were unique and incredibly beautiful. I thank J.T. and Michael for sharing their home with us. The intricate flooring, the hidden rooms, and especially the tribute to our veterans was striking. We will definitely be back for the Grand Tour.

Thank JimPack
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JT T, Owner at Stetson Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2013

How lucky were we that we got to be part of your birthday celebration! Thank you for your review and also for allowing us to share the mansion with you and your wife. We are so thankful for your support.

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