Hearthstone Historic House Museum
APPLETON'S EARLY ELECTRICAL HISTORY
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.
Children 5-17 $4
Children with AAA adult $3.50
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
Victorian Christmas is Almost Here!
Even though it's not Thanksgiving yet, the decorating elves are busy preparing Hearthstone for this year's Victorian Christmas. We are open while the work is in progress, Thursdays through Sundays.
If you would like to be a Hearthstone volunteer you can get in on the fun.
Become a member of Hearthstone and get a sneak peek on Friday, November 28, 2014, an exclusive first-look at Victorian Christmas for members only.
Don't You Wish You Were a Volunteer at Hearthstone?
On Tuesday, Oct. 21 Hearthstone volunteers were treated to a Volunteer Appreciation Tour. Bag lunches were provided by Carmella's and a trolley took participants around parts of Prospect Ave., downtown, the Lawrence campus and the Pierce Park area. Ann Kloehn was the tour guide, and Joyce Helein and Donna Weis put the tour together.
The volunteers enjoy a bag lunch in the exhibit area of Hearthstone before the tour.
The group visited All Saints Episcopal Church on the corner of Drew Street and College Avenue. Henry and Cremora Rogers were active in this church, then named Grace Episcopal Church.
Cremora Rogers gave the altar cross piece to the church in 1879 in honor of her father, the Rev. John H. Kehler, after he’d died.
Ann Kloehn and Joyce Helein were instrumental in researching and organizing the information and compiling the books in the library filled with the church history.
Henry D. Smith residence is now the International House of Lawrence University. It was designed by William Waters and incorporates many elements similar to Hearthstone. The Smith house was connected to the Vulcan hydroelectric station and began using electicity on Nov. 30, 1882, two months after Hearthstone.
Laura B. Zuege the Director of Off-Campus Programs at Lawrence (center) speaks to the group.