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Stetson Mansion, DeLand

Must see · Historic Site · Architectural Building
For a glimpse into the opulent 19th-century lifestyle of one of Florida’s wealthiest residents, head intoStetson Mansion, one of Florida's most historic houses and its only Gilded Age mansion. Named “Florida’s Most Popular Tourist Attraction” by TripAdvisor, the private 1886 Victorian estate of J.B. Stetson—the inventor of cowboy hats—offers all-access tours of its styled rooms, decorated hallways, and numerous nooks. Notice the elaborate parquet floors and antique windows. Opt for a grand tour to see more rooms and the tower balcony. One of the more popular rooms, the Zen room—once a schoolhouse and now a cottage—features an original Polynesian ceiling. Tour times are limited and reservations required. Contact the owners in advance. Plan to visit Stetson Mansion during your DeLand vacation using our convenient DeLand trip planner.
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  • We have toured many historic homes but the visit to the Stetson House was one of the absolute best. So many remarkable discoveries – Joann was a stellar tour guide, highlighting the loving...  more »
  • I love everything Victorian so the mansion captivated me the moment I turned into the driveway. Wonderful architectural details inside and out. The restoration and additions by JT and Michael were.....  more »
  • Exceptionally beautiful. I was in complete awe. JoAnn’s knowledge of the history was absolutely spellbinding. I love restored older homes and this was hands down the best tour. I will definitely be....  more »
  • What a beautiful Home! All period furnishings w modern kitchen that blends right in. Joann was our guide, very knowledgeable on the history and the renovations that were done on the house and grounds. So looking forward to next year when they will be able to decorate for Christmas! Well worth the drive from Melbourne (1 1/2hrs)! If you are anywhere in Fl it is a must see destination. About 30 minutes w of 95, 15 minutes off 4. Thank you again for opening your amazing home❣
  • We tour the mansion yesterday. We loved it with all the history behind it. Joanne was very nice and knowledgeable. I recommend this wonderful tour.
  • First time there. Loved hearing about the history of the house. Can't wait to go back to see the Christmas lights. Great tour and tour guide. Must see Florida attraction.
  • Great tour guide, gorgeous mansion and great history. Looking to go back at Christmas time to see decorations in and out!
  • Toured the mansion today And we loved it! We loved it because we could visualize ourselves in it. Unlike other mansions, this one has kept the arquitectural features but upgraded it to today’s standards so it looks like a livable space and not a museum. With that said, this house only comes alive because of the passion and historical knowledge presented by JoAnna the tour guide! Her story telling takes you back to 1886 and I left there wanting to live in that house because she humanized Stetson with all his frailties and his uniqueness.I give it 5 stars because it’s history come alive. No rooms were off limits and the restoration saved the bones of the house and that is what history is about. The architecture of the home comes alive with every nail seen in the 133 year old floors and crown molding all fashioned by hand in 1886. This home receives no funding from the state and every effort has been made by its current owners to care for this historic home with love and attention to detail. They have done an amazing job of combining the old with the new , and it works! Joann brings it all to life and not a peep could be heard when she recounted the stories and the little gossip of that era. Joann is truly the marvel of the mansion!

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