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Stetson Mansion, DeLand

(4.9/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web)
Visit Florida's first luxury estate, Stetson Mansion, the 1886 Victorian house of J.B. Stetson--the inventor of cowboy hats. Select one of the guided tours to see the styled rooms, decorated hallways, and numerous niches of the mansion. 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--is a cottage that once was a schoolhouse. Now a guesthouse, it features an original Polynesian ceiling. Reservations are required. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Stetson Mansion by using our DeLand tour planner.
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  • It was a special experience to visit the House. So beautiful that there are still old details in the House have been preserved.
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  • We like to take in a tour of an old, restored home when we travel. We had only know it as the Stetson Mansion. We didn't know a whole lot about the mansion and the story behind it was quite interestin...  more »
  • For anyone considering a visit to the Stetson Mansion you should be aware that the home is being lived in full time by the owners Michael and JT. This means, to me, that the Mansion has undergone both...  more »
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  • Magical opulent estate and grounds A very beautiful place to have a wedding
  • Went on the mansion tour paying $25.00 in cash expecting it to be about John Stetson but 80% was about the two people who renovated the mansion. I had to go into Wikipedia in order to find out about the history of John Stetson, his business and his time in Deland.
  • In December my boyfriend came to visit me from California and told me about how the Stetson Mansion. I had never heard of the place but I love historic buildings and I was extremely excited to go check it out. I looked it up online before we went because I was curious and the website said that it's one of Florida's best kept secrets, after my visit, I couln't agree more! The property is absolutely gorgeous and the architeture was even more stunning. The property was bulit in 1886 and it still has it's original floors!!! The owners of the Mansion, JT and Michael were on site to give the tour personally! It was an amazing experience not only for the visual aspect but also because of the love and devotion both Micheal and JT have for the Mansion and the property. It blew me away to learn about the blood, sweat, and tears that went into bringin this Mansion back to life. It was neat to hear of the history and to learn that Thomas Edison was a close friend of Stetson's and provided the electricity, of which an original light bulb still burns! To top off the whole experience, my boyfriend proposed to me on that tour in the Peacock room. We were to learn that is was the first proposal to ever happen on site. I couldn't have asked for a more romantic and warming atmoshphere for such a life changing moment! The Christmas decorations made me feel like I was in a different world. I definitely recommend this tour to everyone who enjoys history, architecture or even just interior design. The changes and personal touches that Michael and JT have added to the Mansion will truly astound you. This mansion will forever be a part my histroy now and I couldn't be happier. My fiance and I will actullay be seeing if we can go back and take some of our engagement pictures there. The staff/owners were so accomodating and truly made the whole experience an unforgetable one. Don't miss out on this best kept secret!
  • It was just okay. Nice displays but the self-absorbed hosts were a bit much. I just wish Stetson Mansion's 'unsubscribe' option would actually work.