The Stetson Mansion, Florida’s first luxury home, was built in 1886 by John B. Stetson (the famous hat maker and philanthropist). Exquisite woodwork is the signature feature of the house, especially the intricately detailed parquet floors. The house is rich with history; in fact, the installation of the electricity was overseen by Thomas Edison himself and some of the stained glass is suspected to be the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany (although it cannot be proven). The estate was host to many famous visitors including President Cleveland, King Edward VII, the Astors, the Vanderbilts, and Tiffany. The mansion is a private home, not a Victorian museum, so the furniture and décor reflect the taste of the owners. Located in an unassuming part of town, people who pass by this house have no idea what they are missing. Special tours are scheduled throughout the year. Reservations required for all tours.
Last modified: August 16th, 2018