Hearthstone Historic House Museum

APPLETON'S EARLY ELECTRICAL HISTORY

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2015 Events

Events Calendar
Victorian Spring Hat Workshop, March 28
Volunteer Orientation, March 28
Edison Appliances
Victorian High Tea, May 3

Monday-Wednesday: Closed

Thursday — Friday: First tour begins at 10 am

Saturday: First tour begins at 11 am

Sunday: First tour begins at 1 pm

Tours are conducted every half hour with the last tour of the day beginning at 3:30 pm


Evening tours are available during Haunted Hearthstone and Victorian Christmas or by appointment. Hearthstone is closed Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Adults $8
Seniors/AAA $7
Children 5-17 $5
Children with AAA adult $4.50
Children under 5 free

The country's first hydroelectric central power station using the Edison system began its operation September 30, 1882. The generator was situated in the beater room of the Appleton Paper and Pulp Company. The three buildings that were lighted on that historic occasion were the Appleton Paper and Pulp Company owned by John Van Nortwick and run by Henry J. Rogers who owned the home on the bluff above, now known as Hearthstone, and Kimberly & Clark's Vulcan Paper Mill located nearby.


Only one other Edison central station existed in the nation. Thomas Edison's steam powered Pearl Street Station in New York City began its operation September 4, 1882. It lit several businesses in the Wall Street area. Read more


Detour! Open
They may look like they're digging the Panama Canal, but it's only city crews doing some work on the street in front of Hearthstone.
President Theodore Roosevelt on steam-powered digging machine during construction of the Panama Canal, 1908. Image from the Library of Congress, http://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/ppmsca/36100/36194r.jpg

Open West Prospect Avenue from Memorial Drive to Walnut Street is closed from March 16 through April 3, 2015. South State Street is also closed from West Prospect to Jackman St. If you are planning to visit Hearthstone in the next few weeks, you must enter from Memorial Drive. We are open during construction!

We Are Open! Open
Hearthstone is back in business:

Thursday — Friday: First tour begins at 10 am

Saturday: First tour begins at 11 am

Sunday: First tour begins at 1 pm


Adults $8
Seniors/AAA $7
Children 5-17 $5
Children with AAA adult $4.50
Children under 5 free


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Contact Us:

920-730-8204 (phone)

920-730-8266 (fax)

hearthstonemuseum@att.net

Hearthstone Historic House Museum

625 W. Prospect

Appleton, WI

54911

920-730-8204

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