Hearthstone Historic House Museum

APPLETON'S EARLY ELECTRICAL HISTORY

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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


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.
Adults $8
Seniors/AAA $7
Children 5-17 $5
Children with AAA adult $4.50
Children under 5 free

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


Joan and Robin Rolfs and the Edison Talking Dolls
talking doll Our good friends Joan and Robin Rolfs have made the national news with their Edison talking dolls. On April 17, 2015 they gave a talk at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park exploring the history and sounds of Edison's "Talking Doll" invention of 1888-1890.
A New York Times article from May 4, 2015 describes the technique developed in 2014 to allow the sounds on these wax cylinder records to be heard. (Audio quality is low.)
The story was picked up by several national and international newspapers, and was featured on National Public Radio on May 5, 2015.
Recordings of eight talking dolls are on the Thomas Edison National Historic Park website.
Currently Hearthstone is featuring an exhibit of Edison appliances in the Rolfs' collection. The exhibit is included in Hearthstone's regular admission price.
The Edison "Talking Doll" of 1890 with Bahr & Proschild bisque head. Photo credit: Joan & Robin Rolfs

Bridge Detour!
bridge disaster Beginning Monday, March 30, 2015, the bridge on W. Prospect Ave. over Jackman St. will be coming down. The 100 year old structure is crumbling and no longer safe and will be replaced by a new bridge. The project will last through the spring and summer and possibly into the fall.
The construction means W. Prospect Ave. will be closed from S. State St. to Memorial, but there will be access to Hearthstone's parking lot from Memorial.
The Illustrated London News etching of Dee bridge disaster, 1847 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bridge_failures#/media/File:Dee_bridge_disaster.jpg

bridge detour map Maintenance work on the Oneida St. bridge will also begin on Monday, March 30. Lanes will be open to traffic in both directions, but there will be no access from Oneida St. to W. Prospect and vice versa. If traveling from the south on Oneida, take W. Lawrence St. or W. College Ave. to Memorial and proceed south to Hearthstone.

If you need any further directions, please email hearthstonemuseum@att.net or call 920-730-8204 during regular business hours. Also see our Visit Us page for more detours.

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Hearthstone Historic House Museum

625 W. Prospect

Appleton, WI

54911

920-730-8204

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