Hearthstone Historic House Museum
APPLETON'S EARLY ELECTRICAL HISTORY
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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.
Children (ages 5-17): $5.00
Children under 5: Free
Would you like to work for Hearthstone?
We are looking for 2 amazing people to help us fulfill our mission to restore and preserve this Appleton historic Victorian-era landmark for the purpose of educating the public about the history of Hearthstone and early electricity. Two part-time positions, Development Director and Volunteer Coordinator, have been funded for two years by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc.
Click on the above links for the job descriptions and application process.
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
Vintage Victorian Dolls
Hearthstone is currently featuring an exhibit of Victorian era dolls.
In all, more than 75 vintage dolls are on display throughout the house. The dolls are a diverse lot: large and small, male and female, child and adult, porcelain, bisque and celluloid, some dating back as far as the 1860s. Many are elaborately attired, with hats, wigs and parasols, and a few have their own wardrobe trunks. Read more about it