View the special display of tableware in the Stetson Mansion's current collection. The oldest china dates back to 1894, which would coincide with the years John B. Stetson was in residence (1886-1906). The display will runs from May 24 through June 30.
Historic tours are guided and space is limited. Reservations are required. Closed Memorial Day Weekend May 27-30.
Stetson Mansion, Florida's Most Historic Home, is the 1886 DeLand mansion of John B. Stetson, Florida’s first “snowbird." Known as the “House That Hats Built,” it is the largest, grandest, and most modern home ever built in Florida before 1900.
Stetson left an amazing cultural legacy beyond the world’s most famous hat. Stetson was known for giving back to the community and donating generously to charities, as well as for being a progressive employer and promoter of Florida tourism. He became the main benefactor for the state’s first private university, named Stetson University in 1889, and brought electricity to DeLand due to his close friendship with Edison.
The mansion is one of the first designed and built with electricity and the city is the first in Florida with electric street lights. The High Victorian with Moorish, Gothic and Polynesian influences is the first and only “Gilded Age” mansion in Florida and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.