Hearthstone Historic House Museum

APPLETON'S EARLY ELECTRICAL HISTORY

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Volunteer Information Meeting August 29

Monday-Wednesday: Closed

Thursday — Friday — Saturday: First tour begins at 10 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

Hearthstone is closed Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

General Admission (Members and Children under 5 free)

Adults: $8.00

Children (ages 5-17): $5.00





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


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Hearthstone Historic House Museum

P.O.Box 1777

625 W. Prospect

Appleton, WI 54912-1777

 

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