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20th Annual Appleton Antique Show & Sale

Hearthstone is closed for regular tours throughout the remainder of February, 2017. We will re-open for regular tours on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10 a.m.
The centerpiece of the new/old kitchen is the stove. While it will not literally heat up the kitchen, it certainly does heat up the spectacular design. Here is an example of an over-the-top late 19th century stove. It would have set you back $64. Our is a little more subtle but equally stunning. Come and see for yourself in March!

(Combined catalogue and wholesale price list of "Perfection" stoves, ranges and furnaces, "Favorite" stoves and ranges by James Smart Mfg. Co., c.1894)

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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