Stetson Mansion, Florida's First Luxury Estate, is the largest, grandest and most historic 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. We offer wonderful guided tours of the mansion daily in winter but dates and times are limted in summer. Please review the various tours we offer on our Tours page and then click our Book A Tour box found on each page for upcoming available tour dates and times.
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 Stetson brand set the 19th century benchmark for quality. Built in 1886 for famous hat mogul John B. Stetson, the 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. 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. Stetson's 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 opuent detail. We welcome guests for tours and elegant celebrations in the Stetson tradition of excellence. This is not a museum. This is a private occupied residence that has evolved while protecting every original opuent detail. For full tour information please click our Tours page. Reservations are Required for all tours.