Hearthstone Historic House Museum
APPLETON'S EARLY ELECTRICAL HISTORY
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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.
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
Victorian High Tea, Sunday, September 14, 2014, 11 a.m.
Join Cremora Rogers for the Victorian tradition of an afternoon high tea in Hearthstone's historic dining room. Visit with Mrs. Rogers while you enjoy drinking tea from fancy bone china cups. "Wee" open-faced sandwiches along with mixed fresh fruits and pastries with sauce or jam will also be served.
A guided tour of the museum is included with the ticket purchase. Seating is limited and advanced purchase of tickets is required. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased during regular business hours: 10-4 Thurs. & Fri., 11-4 Sat. and 1-4 Sunday. To pay by credit card, call (920) 730-8204. Please include the name of each participant. Personalized Victorian calling cards will be made for all.
The Audrey Schneider Memorial Garden has emerged 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.