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A Dickens Christmas

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

Hearthstone is closed Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

General Admission (Members and Children under 5 free)

Adults: $8.00

Children (ages 5-17): $5.00

A Dickens Christmas, Friday, Nov. 25 through Jan. 15

Adults: $10.00 during regular tour hours, $12 Friday evenings

Children (ages 5-17): $5.00

Members and 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

A Dickens Christmas

It's A Dickens Christmas this year at Hearthstone. Click here for all the information.

Dickens Christmas

Mr Fezziwig's Ball. Color illustration (frontispiece) from 'A Christmas Carol in prose. Being a Ghost-story of Christmas', by Charles Dickens, with illustrations by John Leech. Originally published/produced in Chapman & Hall: London, 1843.

This year Hearthstone is offering special Christmas ornaments for sale for only $7 during A Dickens Christmas. These high quality porcelain ornaments are 2.875" in diameter and can be purchased at Hearthstone during regular hours and also during December’s special Friday evening tours. Each ornament comes with a red ribbon for hanging and a includes a gift pouch.

Dickens Christmas

Because of a generous sponsorship by Fox Communities Credit Union, 100% of the proceeds goes toward supporting Hearthstone. Stop by and get a memorable gift for someone, and purchase one for yourself!

Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim

I will honor Christmas

Fezziwig's ornament

God bless us every one!

Dickens characters in text

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Hearthstone Historic House Museum

P.O.Box 1777

625 W. Prospect

Appleton, WI 54912-1777


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