Hearthstone Historic House Museum


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2015 Events

Victorian Christmas is Here

Snowflake Bentley!

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

Special Event Admission:

Victorian Christmas, Adult: $10

Children (5-17): $5

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 Christmas
Victorian Christmas is here! Make plans to visit Hearthstone during this special time. Nighttime is the perfect time to see Hearthstone lit for the season. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-17. Hearthstone members are free. Sorry, no passes or coupons accepted for Victorian Christmas.

The theme of this year's Victorian Christmas is the Five Senses. Here are a few images to whet your appetite.

The fireplace in the library welcomes visitors

The children are enjoying the beautiful library tree

Carolers in the grand hall sing the songs of the season

library fireplace
parlor centerpiece parlor centerpiece

In keeping with the sounds of Christmas, the phonograph in the library plays carols

In the parlor the centerpiece is the center of attention

library phonograph
parlor centerpiece

Soon all will the gather around the piano

Did someone sneak candy into the library?

library books

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Contact Us:

920-730-8204 (phone)

920-730-8266 (fax)


Hearthstone Historic House Museum

625 W. Prospect

Appleton, WI



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