The Daytona Beach News-Journal
DELAND — If you’ve ever wanted to go on the historic tour of the Stetson Mansion, now’s the time.
Owners J.T. Thompson and Michael Solari announced Monday that, after 16 years of sharing their home with the public, this year would be the last for historic tours.
“We will only be offering ‘Grand’ tours through the third week of April which means that this is the last time that guests will have access to the 5 bedrooms and 3 baths on the third floor,” Thompson wrote in a Facebook post. “We will always be open every year for our Christmas Spectacular but if you have ever wanted to see all three floors of the Mansion unadorned with Christmas decorations, now is the time. Come experience the history, the architecture and mystique of Central Florida’s ‘Crown Jewel’.
The couple bought the nearly 10,000-square-foot mansion for $565,000 in 2005 and spent the next 18 months restoring the neglected property.
The mansion was built in 1886 by John B. Stetson, the famous hat maker and philanthropist for whom Stetson University was named.