Hearthstone Historic House Museum




Monday-Wednesday: Closed

Thursday — Friday: First tour begins at 10:00 am

Saturday: First tour begins at 11:00 am

Sunday: First tour begins at 1:00 pm

Tours are conducted every half hour with the last tour of the day beginning at 3:30.

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




General Admission

Adults: $8.00

Children (ages 5-17): $5.00

Children under 5: Free

Volunteer in the Garden

Front door ferns

On Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to noon each day, you will get a chance to help beautify the grounds at Hearthstone. We are looking for people to pull, plant, shovel, and spread. If you love to garden or be outside or just love Hearthstone, we want you!
For more information, email our wonderful master gardner, Cheryl Theimer at crtheimer@gmail.com. Or, you can just show up! You provide the labor of love and if you can bring some tools, too, we would love you even more. A pick up truck! We'd love someone to come over with a pick up truck to haul compost. Finally, view the beautiful Appleton Post-Crescent picture gallery that accompanies David Calle's June 27, 2016 article.

Vintage Victorian Dolls

averill doll

A new exhibit of vintage Victorian era dolls opened at Hearthstone on Thursday March 3, 2016.

Over 75 dolls are on display around the house. One highlight of the doll display is an exhibit about the Edison talking doll, introduced in 1890, which employed the first automatic record-playing mechanism.

The incredibly rare dolls are not included in the display, but visitors will be able to learn about the dolls and see a variety of photos. Featured is a doll (pictured) made between 1915 and 1925 by the Averill Manufacturing Company.

You are able to hear the voice of the doll, recorded in 1890. In 2015 employees at Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA, with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, created a digital audio files from the Edison cylinders. Here you can listen to the restored audio file. A young girl from 1890 recites “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and becomes one of the world’s first professional recording artists!


The exhibit runs through Sept. 25 and can be viewed as part of a Hearthstone tour.

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920-730-8204 (phone)

920-730-8266 (fax)


Hearthstone Historic House Museum

P.O.Box 1777

625 W. Prospect

Appleton, WI


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