This past Saturday afternoon, the hubster and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Bloggers Event at the Stetson Mansion in Deland, Florida. It was put together by the owner JT and Dena from Mom at 40, and boy did they do an amazing job.
Now most of you know that we live in Central Florida, but this beautiful home is almost literally in my backyard, yet we have never been there to visit in the 9 years we lived here. I’ve heard about it, seen the write ups in the local papers, and even had the chance to go on one of their Christmas Tours, but until this weekend, I just never took the time.
And boy, am I glad we took the time this weekend!
Not only is the Stetson Mansion beautiful, but history fills every room of this home. From royalty gracing it’s magnificent halls, to it being the very first home wired for electricity by none other than Thomas Edison himself, the Stetson Tour is definitely a Must Do if you are ever in the Central Florida area.
We were very fortunate to have one of the Stetson Mansions owners as our very own personal tour guide. JT not only guided us through every room giving us wonderful facts and stories about the history of the home, but he also weaved in many facts and stories of the restoration process and continued work that he and his partner are doing.
Having JT take us on the tour was exciting because you could just see the passion, joy, and love he has for this home. Not only have they brought the Stetson Mansion back to life, but they have added their own personal touches that, unless pointed out, may go unnoticed.. which, in my opinion , is wonderful because it adds to the character of the home instead of taking it away.
Now I could go on and on and on about all the wonderfully amazing history that just explodes out of this home, but I don’t want to spoil it for you.
Am I teasing?… Well… maybe I am. But after spending a beautiful Florida afternoon walking the grounds, taking pictures, and just soaking in what IS the Stetson Mansion… I think it’s much better seen in person that just read about on the internet.
I will, however, share some of my favorite pictures with you and give you some detail of each one.
Wood floor covers just about every inch of this home. About 80% of it is the original floor, but as you walk from one room to another, the patterns change.
The ORIGINAL electrical box that Thomas Edison installed, with tags that actually have his handwriting on them.
Every window in this house is original!
Beautiful bedrooms… even the ‘nannies’ (the last picture)
And I’m going to end with these.. again, because if I share everything with you.. why would you go see if for yourself.. and you MUST go see it for yourself!
JT says this is his favorite view of the home, because you can see all the different styles of architecture within this one view. And it is a beautiful view don’t you think?
** I received a complimentary VIP tour as part of this bloggers event. All thoughts and opinions are 100% all mine **