Hearthstone Historic House Museum is nationally renown historic site of international significance.


625 West Prospect Avenue
Appleton, Wisconsin 54911


Daytime Tours
Thursday - Saturday:
10 am - 3:30 pm
1 pm - 3:30 pm

Large Group and
School Tours

Monday - Wednesday:
10 am - 3:30 pm by appointment.

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Our Museum

Hearthstone Historic House was the first private residence anywhere in the world to be illuminated using hydroelectricity from a central Edison system.  The switch was thrown on September 30, 1882 only two weeks after the first-ever Edison central station, which was powered by steam, was operational in New York City.  The house still contains the original Edison electroliers, original light switches, and some of the world's only examples of original Edison wiring in situ. Hearthstone is on the national and state historic registers.

However, this beautifully restored house and museum is much more...

It is excellent example of Queen Anne Victorian Style architecture, designed by a leading architect of the day, with breathtaking interiors.

It is "hard wired" into local history as its story is the story of the history of Wisconsin, of the Gilded Age, and of fortunes won and lost.

It is a look to the past but it is also a look to the future - a look featuring hydroelectricity and renewable power, individually powered homes, and what it means to be a visionary.

All of this is Hearthstone Historic House Museum.  Please scroll down to explore.

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.
— Thomas A. Edison



Learn more about our wide variety of special events.

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electricity, Hearthstone, and its place in history

Learn more about Hearthstone and its historical significance,  permanent exhibits, interiors, furnishings,
and grounds.

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Learn more about our current and upcoming exhibits.

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Individual, Group, & School tours

Learn more about tours for individuals, families and small groups, larger groups, and tours for school classes geared towards elementary through college level students.

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New Initiatives

Learn more about our new initiatives with other institutions and our new programming.

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supporting hearthstone

Learn more about what you can do to support Hearthstone directly in ways both small and large whether its buying a coffee mug or t-shirt, volunteering, or making a donation.

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About US

Learn more about what we do, our mission, our partnerships, and our recent achievements.

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Notes from the back porch

Learn more about Hearthstone as an institution and as a family from this periodic blog by our Executive Director.

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