Hearthstone Historic House Museum


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2015 Events

Events Calendar

Hearthstone will be closed Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 through Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2015
Visit Our Gift Shop!
Support the Porch!

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

Hearthstone Is Closed and Will Reopen Thursday, March 5, 2015. Maid

We are closed for cleaning, polishing, and putting-away after Victorian Christmas. But that doesn't mean you can't support Hearthstone in the meantime. Offer to volunteer (hearthvolunteer@att.net ,) make a contribution to support the porch, become a Friend of Hearthstone or donate to the Audrey Schneider Memorial Garden Fund.

You can also like us on Facebook. There are many ways to keep Hearthstone alive and active. Get involved today!
A maid cleaning in Denmark in 1912.

Not All of Hearthstone's Volunteers are Locked Inside the House, Cleaning
Some are out in the community talking about Hearthstone and its importance in Appleton's history.
On January 14, Ed Hilgendorf gave a presentation at a meeting of the Appleton Historical Society, Hearthstone: The Making of a Museum.

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Clare Hilgendorf embellishes a point and Ed speaks with Ann Kloehn after the program.

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View the Light Up the Fox Light Display!

The Light Up The Fox display will be lit nightly, NOW though February 15, 2015. The display is set up along Water Street in Appleton (green space east of the historic Atlas Mill.) Here is a depiction of "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish." You can also see a depiction of Appleton's electric trolley!

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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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