Hearthstone Historic House Museum is nationally renown historic site of international significance.
625 West Prospect Avenue
Appleton, Wisconsin 54911
Thursday - Saturday:
10 am - 3:30 pm
1 pm - 3:30 pm
Fridays @ Hearthstone
Evening tours featuring re-enactors, live music, and light refreshments on the second
Friday of each month
from April through September.
7 pm - 9 pm
Large Group and
Monday - Wednesday:
10 am - 3:30 pm by appointment.
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Hearthstone Historic House was the first private residence to be electrified using the country's first hydroelectric central power 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.
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.
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 we do, our mission, our partnerships, and our recent achievements.
New exhibits & upcoming Special events
Learn more about our revolving exhibits, like our new "Caught in the Current" exhibition of antique fishing gear (there is connection to Hearthstone), and special events.
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.