Hearthstone Historic House Museum


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Events Calendar

On the days the Appleton Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, Hearthstone will also be closed.

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Monday-Wednesday: Closed

Thursday — Friday — Saturday: First tour begins at 10 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

It's Spring at Hearthstone

We are keeping our fingers crossed that the snow is a fading memory. Here is evidence that both the calendar and Hearthstone's grounds say it is finally spring.

We feared for the beautiful magnolia Ruth Mares planted in the 1960s, but it is starting to bud!

The bulbs volunteers planted last fall are coming up

The front planters will soon burst

It won't be long before the lilacs take over

Kitchen Ribbon Cutting, Thursday, March 16, 2017, 10 a.m.

Beth Haase from the Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Hearthstone, Inc. board president Cheryl Kaczmarek

Crowd waiting for the ribbon cutting

Beth and Cheryl crowd

Crowd waiting for the ribbon cutting

Friends of Hearthstone, Inc. board president Cheryl Kaczmarek

crowd Cheryl

Preparing for ribbon cutting: Joan Rolfs, Cheryl Kaczmarek, Kris Sager, Ann Larson, Ann Sager, Robin Rolfs

Ribbon cutting!

Beth and Cheryl crowd

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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