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Welcome! The Stetson Mansion is part of Florida's First Luxury Estate and the grandest home ever built in Florida before the 20th century. The estate was hidden and lost for 100 years. It has recently been rescued, restored and updated in a timeless fashion.
Built in 1886 for famed hat maker and philanthropist John B. Stetson, this winter retreat was the only richly detailed "Gilded Age" mansion built in Florida. The eclectic and unusual architectural design also includes a variety of complicated interior carvings, 16 patterns of the nation's most rare and intricate parquet wood floors and 10,000 panes of original leaded glass windows. Even if the house was empty, the details are captivating.
The Stetsons were known for hosting magnificent parties and gatherings for local townsfolk and elite society including President Cleveland, the King and Queen of England and Henry Flagler, who built a rail spur right to the estate so friend Thomas Edison could install one of the world's first home electric systems.
The Mansion is still a private residence which welcomes guests for tours and elegant celebrations in the Stetson tradition of excellence.
Christmas Tour Bonus: Come for a Christmas tour and then come back free unlimited times Feb - Sept when you bring a paying guest.