Tour one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 10 Things To Do In Florida.” Central Florida’s newest attraction was closed to the public for 100 years. Florida’s most historic home is restored, updated, furnished and still a private residence filled with excitement and life, not a museum.
Tour passengers will take lively guided tours of famed hat maker’s luxurious 1886 estate, the only “Gilded Age” mansion ever built in Florida. Bus groups welcome year round. Over-the-top elegant and elaborately designed decorations for the “Christmas Spectacular!” In five years, this Holiday Home Tour has grown from 800 to 10,000 visitors because of the excellence and emotional detail put into the display. The Christmas Spectacular is open daily Nov. 15-Jan. 15 each year.
The Stetson Mansion is the National Historic Register with 16 different original mosaic parquet floor patterns and 10,000 panes of antique window glass. It is High Victorian architecture with Moorish influences, a Polynesian guesthouse, carriage house and gardens on 2.3 acres.
It is one of the first homes in the world designed and built with electricity installed by Thomas Edison, a personal friend of Stetson. No ropes – visitors get all-access guided tours that include the current owners’ suite, bathroom and closet. Visitors can sit on the furniture; no other historic tour allows this. “Guests” feel like royalty for the day and are often greeted by one of the current owners who saved the mansion and did the restoration.
For a virtual tour, see the Visit Florida Attractions Video at http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/videos/16/floridas-first-luxury-estate-stetson-mansion.html.
Member: Visit Florida; Visit Orlando; Daytona Beach CVB; West Volusia Tourism
Owner is a member of the Visit Florida Cultural Committee.
Reservations are required.
Tours: Standard $20 or Grand $30. Christmas $25. Group rates available.
1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, Fl 32720