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Hearthstone Historic House Museum

625 W Prospect Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-6042
+1 920-730-8204
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Family time at an old home.

This gives a very historically accurate look into the home of the past. Restoration/preservation... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago
sheetsce
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Statesboro, Georgia
exceptional attraction

from the moment we pulled into the parking lot, we were greated by a kind and helpful volunteer... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago
Michelle M
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Ridley Park, United States
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The Hearthstone is a large, beautifully restored Queen Anne Victorian Style home built in 1882 by Henry J. Rogers, Superintendent of the Appleton Paper and Pulp Mill. On September 30, 1882, Hearthstone was the first house in the world to be lit by an Edison central hydroelectric power station. The house retains many unique, genuine features, including the original Thomas Edison electroliers and light switches. Appleton was one of the first three cities in the world to be lit by an Edison central power station, the other two being New York and London. This was all due to Mr. Rogers, who decided to invest in Edison’s power station in order to light two paper mills and his home. Since it became a museum in 1987, Hearthstone’s focus is to preserve the house and its artifacts to re-create a historical experience based on its Thomas A. Edison heritage for the cultural enjoyment and educational benefit of the public through its many exhibits and programs.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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625 W Prospect Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-6042
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+1 920-730-8204
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"victorian architecture"
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"period clothing"
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"beautiful woodwork"
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"restored"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This gives a very historically accurate look into the home of the past. Restoration/preservation has, is being done, very carefully to not detract from the home's past and what can be learned by a careful tour. You are not rushed through and the guide we...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

from the moment we pulled into the parking lot, we were greated by a kind and helpful volunteer. The staff t Hearthstone is some of the very best I have ever encountered at an historic house. You can tell they are knowledgable and very proud...More

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Thank Michelle M
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited on a hot, humid day. The building is not air conditioned and it was sweltering. Our docent was long winded, going over every detail. Being senior citizens we looked for a place to sit and finally asked if we could just look around...More

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Thomas W, Public Relations Manager at Hearthstone Historic House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Titletown- I am sincerely sorry that your visit was not pleasurable. You are correct that Hearthstone is not air-conditioned with a central system (they didn't have that in 1882! :). We do have modern standing air-conditioner units on each floor, however on an extremely...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to learn the history and impressive past of Appleton, visit this! If you want to see an old beautiful home, visit this! Very nice museum and tour!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My grandkids and out of town realatives visited and it was a great experience. I would highly recommend the tour to young and old alike.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Docent provided history of the people who lived in the house as well as history of the house. Very informative.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Friends of Hearthstone don period clothing and moving from room to room, you feel as though you are really back in time. The newly restored, circa 1880, kitchen is a wonder.

Thank Loris D
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Thomas W, Public Relations Manager at Hearthstone Historic House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Loris- Thank you for the wonderful words. We are very happy you enjoyed your visit to Hearthstone!

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

After living in and around Appleton most of my life, I had never done anything more than drive past this wonderful house. We finally visited and found it to be very interesting, both in structure, decor, technology and history. A very good job of preserving...More

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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

So rude. Can't take pictures, expensive and falling apart. Roof is full of moss, cobwebs in entryways. Just a shame.More

Thank Teresa H
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Thomas W, Public Relations Manager at Hearthstone Historic House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're so sorry you didn't completely enjoy your visit at Hearthstone. Yours is one of the only negative reviews we have received. To address your issues: We allow anyone to take pictures of any area of Hearthstone with certain restrictions on commercial use and excessive...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2017

This is a wonderful old mansion with quite a history. It was the first residence in the US to have electric poser, supplied by the hydroelectric plant in the nearby mill. The lights alone are worth the tour and all the background stories about the...More

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