Hearthstone Historic House Museum is nationally renown historic site of international significance.
625 West Prospect Avenue
Appleton, Wisconsin 54911
Please note that Hearthstone will be closed from January 14 - February 27, 2019 for our annual restoration work.
Thursday - Saturday:
10 am - 3:30 pm
1 pm - 3:30 pm
Victorian Christmas: Special Evening Tours
Fridays through December
6 pm - 8 pm
Large Group and
Monday - Wednesday:
10 am - 3:30 pm by appointment.
Hearthstone Historic House was the first private residence to be electrified using the country's first central hydroelectric station employing the 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.
Learn more about our revolving exhibits and special events.
electricity, Hearthstone, and its place in history
Learn more about Hearthstone and its historical significance, permanent exhibits, interiors, furnishings,
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.
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.
Notes from the back porch
Learn more about Hearthstone as an institution and as a family from this periodic blog by our Executive Director.