Hearthstone Historic House Museum
APPLETON'S EARLY ELECTRICAL HISTORY
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
Evening tours are available during Haunted Hearthstone and Victorian Christmas or by appointment. Hearthstone is closed Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Haunted Hearthstone: $10
Children 5-17 $5
Children with AAA adult $4.50
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
The bridge on W. Prospect Ave. over Jackman St. is being replaced. The construction is expected to last well into the fall of 2015.
The construction means W. Prospect Ave. is closed from S. State St. to S. Walnut St. and Jackman St. is also closed. There is access to Hearthstone's parking lot from Memorial and also from S. State St. There may be construction vehicles blocking S. State St. at various times.
You may also take W. Prospect Ave. from the east to S. Walnut St., W. Fourth St. and S. State St.
The Illustrated London News etching of Dee bridge disaster, 1847 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bridge_failures#/media/File:Dee_bridge_disaster.jpg
If you need any further directions, please email email@example.com or call 920-730-8204 during regular business hours. Also see our Visit Us page for more detours.
Joan and Robin Rolfs and the Edison Talking Dolls
Our good friends Joan and Robin Rolfs have made the national news with their Edison talking dolls. On April 17, 2015 they gave a talk at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park exploring the history and sounds of Edison's "Talking Doll" invention of 1888-1890.
A New York Times article from May 4, 2015 describes the technique developed in 2014 to allow the sounds on these wax cylinder records to be heard. (Audio quality is low.)
The story was picked up by several national and international newspapers, and was featured on National Public Radio on May 5, 2015.
Recordings of eight talking dolls are on the Thomas Edison National Historic Park website.
The Edison "Talking Doll" of 1890 with Bahr & Proschild bisque head. Photo credit: Joan & Robin Rolfs