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.
Children 5-17 $4
Children with AAA adult $3.50
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
Hearthstone is Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27, 2014
Hearthstone is closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will reopen for tours on Friday, November 28 with the first tour beginning at 10 a.m. If you are traveling here, please don't drive like the people in this 1867 Currier and Ives lithograph. This image is reminiscent of "a picture print by Currier and Ives" in Leroy Anderson's song Sleigh Ride.
Victorian Christmas is Almost Here!
Even though it's not Thanksgiving yet, the decorating elves are busy preparing Hearthstone for this year's Victorian Christmas. We are open while the work is in progress, Thursdays through Sundays.
If you would like to be a Hearthstone volunteer you can get in on the fun.
Become a member of Hearthstone and get a sneak peek on Friday, November 28, 2014, an exclusive first-look at Victorian Christmas for members only.