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A New Life for a Grand Old Home

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Posted on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Its luster had been dulled by the dust of many decades. The future of its very existence was in doubt until one man saw it for what it could be. Against all advice he took a chance and bought the Stetson Mansion in DeLand, Florida. Today, it is one of the top historic homes in America.

Want to learn more about the Stetson Mansion? Click here to see how one man's dream and passion for restoration became reality.

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  • Posted 8:43am June 29th, 2009
    Thanks JT and Micheal for the opportunity you gave me in helping you decorate this beautiful home. Its grace and elegance reflects both your personalities and passion. I am in your debt for letting it's history live on and the personal since of pride I feel when I see its beautiful images. Katrina O'Nan 

  • Posted 11:27am June 27th, 2009

     I agree, absolutely amazing..!

  • Posted 1:21pm June 25th, 2009
    Absolutely amazing! JT, thank you for seeing what other people didn't. You've done a GREAT thing by preserving an important part of our history. I hope this story fosters more interest in this beautiful piece of history. It should be seen and appreciated by many! Touching story with beautiful music! Is that Wayne Gratz music? www.waynegratz.com

  • Posted 1:13pm June 25th, 2009
    What a beautiful old home!  We too bought an old historic home in Pittsburg, TX, built in 1905.  In our minds we thought we could bring it further than it was, but our bodies are just not as agile as they used to be, so maintenance is about all we can manage, and not as well as we'd like, at this point.  Money is an issue too!  But, we'll keep trying!  Love the old home!  Going to try to include a picture..... guess I'll try on my home pg

  • Posted 12:56pm June 25th, 2009
    It is an amazing home. The work is meticulously done. I hope you live in the home and get to live among the history there. Thanks for allowing us to see your work and dedication.

  • Lou
    Posted 12:12pm June 25th, 2009
    What an amazing story behind the restoration of this beautiful and historical old home.  Hopefully others will take JT's lead to restore other historical homes and buildings.  Thanks for saving a piece of our past.

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