Historic Past & Present Tours of Stetson Mansion occur February 5 - September 14 and
Christmas Spectacular Tours occur every November 15 through January 15 by advanced online reservation.
Stetson Mansion, known as the “House That Hats Built,” was the home of John B. Stetson – Florida’s first “snowbird” – who 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. He had a specific affinity for DeLand and made it his family’s winter home. He became the main benefactor for the state’s first private university – named Stetson University in 1889; and brought electricity to DeLand, making it the first area in Florida with electric streetlights. The Stetson Mansion is the first and only “Gilded Age” mansion in Florida and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
For the second year in a row, Stetson Mansion was chosen as a winner in the USA TODAY 10Best Reader’s Choice travel award contest for Best Holiday Historic Home Tour – placing third on the list. Lively guides earned Trip Advisor's designation- "Florida's Most Popular Tourist Attraction" and "Top 10 Things To Do in Florida." Florida’s Gilded Age Mansion was also named as the second-place winner in Fodor’s Travel Guide to Southern Holiday Homes and is the top tour in the state!