Date(s) - 12/17/2019 Tuesday
STETSON MANSION 2019 HOLIDAY TOUR WITH LUNCH AT COOK’S IN DELAND, PLUS KERMIT’S OF KEY WEST KEY LIME PIE ON A STICK FACTORY TOUR AND TASTING!
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, The Stetson Mansion was built in 1886 for John B. Stetson, of the Stetson Hat Company, in the high style of Victorian architecture with a blend of cottage, Gothic, Tudor, Moorish and Polynesian details. This 9000 square foot home is reportedly half the size Mr. Stetson wanted to build on his 300 acre orange grove. His beautiful and much younger wife, Elizabeth was not a huge fan of the Florida venture, so when she came to DeLand during the construction phase she convinced John B. to scale down construction of the mansion to a mere shadow of the original plans. The home sits on over 2 acres adorned with beautiful gardens, gazebos, fountains, patios and a pool. It is reported that between the years of 1887 and 1906 the Stetson hosted such notables as the Astor’s, the Mellon’s, the Vanderbilt’s, the Carnegies, Henry Flagler, Baron Frederick DeBary, President Grover Cleveland and King Edward VII (then Prince of Wales). Another of Stetson’s noteworthy friends was none other than one of the world’s most well-known and prolific inventors Thomas Edison, who actually supervised the electrical install at the mansion. In fact, Stetson Mansion is one of the first homes in the entire world to be designed and built with Edison electricity. Come see this gorgeous piece of American History right in our back door! Treat yourself to all of its Holiday Splendor as Stetson Mansion Decks The Halls, The Walls and The Ceilings for Christmas and Bring Cash for the Gift Shop. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the always popular Cook’s Buffet with their scrumptious homemade desserts. Escape with us to a bye gone era and a spectacular Holiday treat!
PRICE: $88.00 per person – Visa, Master Card or Checks Payable to Royal Coach Tours & Cruises
INCLUDES: Delicious Lunch at Cooks Buffet & Bakery, Holiday Tour of the Stetson Mansion, Schoolhouse & Gardens & Kermit’s of Key West, All Taxes, Meal Gratuities, Motorcoach with Restroom, Free Wifi, Electrical Outlets and Professional Group Tour Director.
TOUR PACE: ★★★ Moderate Pace, Walking to Sightsee. NOTE: Stairs Only to Second Story of Mansion.
BUS DEPARTURES: Motorcoach departs 8:25AM ORMOND BEACH WAL-MART, 8:25AM PORT ORANGE TARGET, 9:00AM NEW SMYRNA BEACH WAL-MART.
DRESS: Casual, Comfortable and Good Walking Shoes with Soft Soles. No High Heels!
BUS POLICY: NO PERFUME, COLOGNE OR AFTERSHAVE ALLOWED ON BUS.
NOTE: GIFT SHOP AT THE STETSON MANSION ONLY ACCEPTS CASH!
CANCELLATION POLICY: No Refunds, unless ticket resold. Name changes are permitted.