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Built in 1886 for famed hat maker and philanthropist John B. Stetson, this winter retreat is Florida’s only richly detailed mansion built in the Gilded Age. Designed by noted architect George T. Pearson, the Stetson Mansion is built in the frame vernacular style. A blend of cottage, Gothic, Tudor, Moorish, and Polynesian details are incorporated into the mansion.
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 rarest and most intricate parquet wood floors, and 10,000 panes of original leaded glass windows.
Thomas Edison was one of Stetson’s personal friends and supervised the installation of electricity at the mansion, making it one of the first homes in the world to be designed and built for electricity.
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 special railway track to the estate.
The Stetson Mansion was listed as Florida's "most popular tourist destination" in 2014 on Tripadvisor. The Mansion remains a private residence, while protecting every original detail.
Guided tours of the mansion are offered throughout the year, with a Christmas Spectacular holiday home tour held from November 15 to January 15 annually.