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Address: Mount Dora, FL

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Gorgeous home

The Donnelly house is impressive and gorgeous. The only drawback is not being able to get inside. The house is owned by the Masons who don't always allow people inside. We talked... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Evan B
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is probably considered Mount Dora's most iconic house or structure and not the Lakeside Inn. Designed by the prolific 19th century architect George Franklin Barber, the house is an example of the Queen Anne Victorian also known as Steamboat Gothic. The only bad side to this site is the fact the house is not open to the public. Hopefully,... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Donnelly house is impressive and gorgeous. The only drawback is not being able to get inside. The house is owned by the Masons who don't always allow people inside. We talked to some locals who told us they had never even been in. Although, there is rumor that will soon change. But standing outside the home was nice and... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

While not open to the public everyday, occasionally the Mount Dora Lodge #238, F & AM, opens for public tours. The JP Donnelly House belonged to one of our early pioneers.

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United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

The Donnelly House is named after the main developer of the city of Mt. Dora, and sits next to Donnelly Park in the middle of downtown. The Masons currently own the building and the Order of the Rainbow ( girl masons) do an annual dinner for Thanksgiving (or Christmas). If I remember correctly the architectural style is Queen Anne. Nearby... More 

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Thank Solomon_Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Wonderful Queen Anne structure with all the Masonic symbols evident. Wish it was an open museum Right off the main drag.?the Masons still use it for meetings

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Really quite an entrancing and rather enchanting piece of architecture and surprising to us that it was a masonic lodge as the ones back home in Scotland tend to be generally quite staid, solid and severe buildings.This one really should be hired out as a film set as externally it's so pretty. Just a pity that it's not open to... More 

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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

This is a very charming home with history galore. Ask the locals about the Donnelly House and if you're a Mason or Eastern Star member visit on their meeting nights. They are the most friendly bunch!

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Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

This is one of the most beautiful and historical homes in Mt. Dora's district area. It is the home of the founder of Mt. Dora. It is now a lodge for the Mason, which I don't really care to much about or have anything in common with them. But! they keep it looking beautiful!

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Poplar Bluff, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Mount Dora is a lovely, artistic town that embraces its history. Friendly businesses, Pisces Rising was a wonderful place for lunch. Donnelly House was ok but we couldn't see inside which was disappointing. Still a great day and interesting place to visit. Highly recommend especially for a music or art event.

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

When in atmospheric, peaceful, scenic Mt Dora, you owe it to yourself to visit the Donnelly House to sample a bit of the history of this remarkable small town in Central Florida.

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