Tripadvisor has named the Stetson Mansion, the top rated landmark attraction in all of Florida. Florida's First Luxury Estate, is the largest, grandest, and most historic home ever built in Florida before the 20th century. The estate of Florida’s first snow bird and famous hat baron 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 is Florida’s only richly detailed mansion actually built in the “Gilded Age” which ended in 1899. The eclectic and unusual “High Victorian” architectural design not only had the most advanced technology of its day, it 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 Stetson brand set the 19th century benchmark for quality and it followed that he mansion was once the most exciting address in Florida. Having Thomas Edison as a personal friend who installed the power in one of the first homes in the world designed and built with electricity helped.
Guide tours are offered of the mansion on a limited schedule. Our lively and knowledgeable tour guides will entertain visitors through magnificently embellished and appointed rooms, hallways and niches of the mansion. No room is off limits. Not even the owners suite! John B. Stetsons’ legacy will be brought back to life along with the recent story how his beloved winter home has been too. 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 that has evolved while protecting every original opulent detail. We welcome guests for tours and elegant celebrations in the Stetson tradition of excellence. This is not a museum. Unlike a publicly subsidized landmark, the owners of this private occupied residence share with you the home that they renovated with great care - protecting every original artistic detail. Visitors have access to every room, including the owners closet!
Reservations are Required for all tours. Please click Book A Tour for dates and tickets.