The Stetson Mansion is only about 3 miles from DeLand, A Better Place family community. Built in 1866, it is the only mansion in Florida that was built during the Gilded Age. Its Victorian architectural design was the most advanced during that time. The Stetson Mansion flows with beautiful details that amaze all its visitors. It is a great local attraction to pay a visit. In fact, TripAdvisor has deemed the Stetson Mansion as the top-rated landmark attraction in Florida! There’s more the mansion offers than its intricate design.
Every Year, the Stetson Mansion puts on beautiful Christmas tours for its visitors. Special designers from all over the world take part in garnishing the mansion with holiday decor. Tour themes change each year. Tour guides will guide visitors throughout the first and second floors while informing each group with information on the home. Christmas traditions such as Christmas trees and gifting began during the Victorian period. The Stetson Mansion captures the beauty of Christmas in light of its Victorian background. During the tour, you will get to visit the 3 main bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, and the secret master closet! While holiday music plays in the background, you’ll get to learn all about the mansion’s historic highlights as well as the story behind the restoration of its current owners! Tours are available all throughout winter but are limited during the summer.
Authentic Old Florida
The great thing about the Stetson Mansion is that it is located near an abundance of local shops and dining areas. Once you’ve completed your tour, take a walk through downtown DeLand. Only about a mile away, Mainstreet DeLand is home to many art museums, small shops, beauty salons, restaurants, and even Stetson University! There’s so much to explore. Downtown DeLand also hosts many events here and there. Check out their calendar to see if any events fall on the day of your visit to the Stetson Mansion.
Not only will you be able to have a tour of the Stetson Mansion, but you can also get the chance to visit the original schoolhouse! With its 15ft ceiling and gift inspiration, the schoolhouse has been considered a Zen-like cottage. An interesting fact about the mansion is that Thomas Edison was a close friend of the owner and was able to help install electricity within the home.
Stetson Mansion Wedding
This wonderful local attraction even gives you the opportunity of hosting your very own wedding! Your friends and family can enjoy a safe, intimate, and romantic enclosed venue for the special day. Brides are given the honor of stepping down the grand staircase that was once stridden on by the Queen of England. Wedding guests may also walk through the Stetson Mansion while on their way to the outdoor reception. Wedding package prices vary depending on what is included. Not only will you get to experience a beautiful wedding, but you will be able to take in the view of the detailed mansion.
Explore the World Around You
A Better Place in DeLand, Florida is an excellent place to experience Florida nature and wildlife. On top of its amenities such as the swimming pool, clubhouse, and picnic area, you can stroll through Mainstreet DeLand on a random day or visit other local attractions such as the Stetson Mansion. Contact us today to plan a visit.