New Exhibits and Special Events

We are excited to welcome a new exhibit to Hearthstone as well as a ever-changing variety of special events.  Please read below for details.

The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
— Thomas A. Edison

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"caught in the Current - Reeling in Edison's Bright Idea"

ends september 30

It started as a conversation between two old fishing friends who were spending the day on Lake Winnebago and it ended with the world's first home to be electrified using a hydroelectric central power station employing the Edison system.

It was the first day of black bass season in the spring of 1882.  Henry Rogers, an industrialist in Appleton, was hosting his friend H. E. Jacobs for a day on the lake.  As Mr. Jacobs began telling his friend how enthusiastic he was for his new job with the Western Edison Light Company of Chicago, Mr. Rogers soon found the idea of electrifying his house and nearby mill more interesting than fishing.

Hearthstone's new exhibit, "Caught in the Current... Reeling in Edison's Bright Idea," tells the story of fishing in the 1880s - 1940s with antique lures, rods, reels, and other gear and memorabilia in almost every room of the house.  But it also tells a larger story, one of the dawn of electrification, of people with vision, and of how a day on the lake changed the world. 

"Caught in the Current" opens April 5 and runs through September 30, 2018.

Tickets for Hearthstone tours include the exhibit.

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Haunted Hearthstone: Sequential Killers of the Victorian Age

Fridays in October (October 5, 12, 19, 26)

6 pm - 9 pm

H.H. Holmes who preyed on young women in Chicago in the 1890s, the Bloody Benders who murdered the guests at their Kansas inn, and of course, Jack the Ripper, the terror of Whitechapel, are just three of the sequential killers (at the time they weren’t called “serial killers”) that you will meet as you are guided by police detectives through our 140 year old home decorated for Victorian mourning. Live organ music and exhibits on Victorians’ fascination with killers will set the stage before you begin your tour.

Tours are conducted every 15 minutes and last an hour. Tickets are $15 in advance if purchased on-line (by clicking the button below) or $18 at the door. Because of high demand for this event, it is STRONGLY encouraged that tickets are purchased on-line and in advance. Please arrive a few minutes early to purchase tickets (cash, credit or debit card) at the door.

Unfortunately, M.A.P. passes cannot be used for evening tours.

Please note:  Because of the disturbing nature of this theatrical production, children under 12 years of age will not be admitted.

Also please note: Because of the historic nature of Hearthstone, stairs are the only means of access to the second floor.  The first floor and lower level are wheel chair accessible via an electric lift.