Welcome! You are invited to tour the Mansion in summer Friday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 and daily July 14-21 10:30 and 1:30 with reservations.. 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. We offer wonderful guided tours of the mansion but dates and times are limted except durring the winter. Reservations Are Required for all tours and they are only booked on this website. 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 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.
This is not a museum. 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.
Christmas Tour Bonus: Come for a Christmas tour and then come back free unlimited times Feb - Sept when you bring a paying guest.