TripAdvisor announces that the Stetson Mansion tops Disney for "Most Popular Attraction!"
The largest, most opulent and historic home ever built in Florida before the 20th Century! Fully renovated, decorated and breathtaking.
Welcome! The Stetson Mansion is Florida's first luxury home and the grandest home ever built in Florida during the 19th century! Built in 1886 by famed hat maker and philanthropist John B. Stetson, his winter retreat was the only "Gilded Age" estate built in Florida. The Stetsons were known for hosting magnificent parties and gatherings for local townsfolk and some of the most elite and influential citizens of our country's "most prosperous era." Henry Flagler built a private railway spur to the Stetson estate so the finest "art" in architectural building materials could be delivered on site. Even if the house was empty the details are captivating.
The eclectic and unusual design includes not only various complicated carvings but 10 of the nation's most rare and intricate parquet wood floor patterns, 10,000 panes of leaded glass windows and the most unusual feature of having a fully up to date infrastructure and furnishings that blend the past and present in a seamless celebration of classic elegance with fresh design. The Mansion is not a Victorian museum. It is warm and welcoming with a wonderful positive energy that guests happily take away with them. It's hard to describe. Ask some one who's been here or read our Trip Advisor reviews.
There are 5 kitchen areas and thirteen new bathrooms, all different, boasting timeless style that blend with the home perfectly and come in handy when the house is full of family and friends! This private home can still throw a great party!!
Now for the first time in over 100 years it is with great pleasure that we can once again open this private estate to host tours, corporate functions and lectures, events, grand weddings and receptions and one of a kind parties for those who want to create memories of a lifetime. The meticulous extensive restoration, conducted as if the original wealthy Stetsons still owned the property, now affords guests the opportunity to host a memorable event or just tour this "National Historic Place" property. It's our way of sharing this amazing national treasure with the community. We feel like "stewards" more than owners.
We can't wait for you to fall in love with the Mansion's beauty and the story of a great American, John B Stetson, a smart and generous man who was well ahead of his time. His cowboy hats are the most iconic symbols of Americana, yet the man himself is unknown.
We look forward to meeting you and sharing our story about the Mansion. The intricate wood parquet floor patterns alone will take your breath away, so be warned!
"Christmas Spectacular" booking now open. Free return visits in 2015 with your "Spectacular" ticket...full details on the Christmas page. Reservations required. Tour times: 10:30, 1:30, 5:00, 6:30.
Michael Solari JT Thompson
1031 Camphor Lane, Deland, Fl 32720