Hearthstone Historic House Museum
APPLETON'S EARLY ELECTRICAL HISTORY
Support the Porch!
On the days the Appleton Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, Hearthstone will also be closed.
Thursday — Friday: First tour begins at 10:00 am
Saturday: First tour begins at 11:00 am
Sunday: First tour begins at 1:00 pm
Tours are conducted every half hour with the last tour of the day beginning at 3:30.
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.
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
The Audrey Schneider Memorial Garden will soon be emerging from its winter sleep.
You may still make a donation to this project. Help beautify Hearthstone grounds and pay tribute to Mrs. Schneider. Go to the Audrey Schneider Memorial Garden page to donate.