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Hearthstone Historic House Museum

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Address: Prospect and Memorial Dr., Appleton, WI
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+1 920-730-8204

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Great Historical Tour

Your admission gets you a very detailed, tour of the first hydroelectric powered house, build in the 1880's. The tour guides are very knowledgeable. The tour takes over 90... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

Your admission gets you a very detailed, tour of the first hydroelectric powered house, build in the 1880's. The tour guides are very knowledgeable. The tour takes over 90 minutes and is very comprehensive; great for history buffs, but could be a little long for the casual observer. They also have an additional, hands on exhibit in the basement. A... More 

1 Thank Shambeau
Appleton, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

For those of you looking for a rehearsal dinner or an intimate wedding venue, Hearthstone is the perfect place. It has been remodeled in the period and is absolutely gorgeous! The small kitchen has also been remodeled and is perfect for your caterer to stage food. The Board at Hearthstone is very generous to share this beautiful venue and the... More 

1 Thank Sandy R
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

The first home in the world to be light by Edison hydro-electricity. The home is a well preserved example of life in the late 19th century, with many of the original electroliers and switches still in operation.

1 Thank Virginia D
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

The Hearthstone is the most interesting and historical place to visit in Appleton. Hydroelectricity right here in Appleton. Who else knows why people say "turn" on the lights ??

1 Thank Q4121BLjulief
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Reviewed 13 January 2017

The lady was informative and fairly friendly, but the visit dragged on too long, we perhaps needed a shorter version

1 Thank DisplacedMenasha
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

Very pretty, beautiful historical home. Knowledgeable and friendly tour guide, Christine, had an endless amount of facts to share about the home, the history of the occupants and the tie to hydroelectric power. Restored painted ceilings, wood work, etc. is beautifully done. Hands on learning centers in the basement were interesting. They are in the process of restoring the kitchen... More 

1 Thank bigsei
Thornton, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

My wife loves visiting mansion when we travel, so we stopped in here for the tour. The guide was fine, at times it was hard to understand her (she had a deep foreign accent). House was big, but only got to see some of it. They shown us three rooms downstairs and four rooms upstairs (all bed rooms, though you... More 

Thank jerry c
Tampa, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

This house was the mansion of a mill owner who generated mufti electric power from the adjacent fox river. As a result, it was installed with original Edison fixtures and was one of the first buildings in the area electrified.

Thank David M
Hartford, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

Dropped in for a great docent led tour. Original woodwork is beautiful, light fixtures are amazing. Hard to believe Appleton led the world is lighting innovation.

1 Thank Beck W
Appleton, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Very interesting history attached to the house. The staff providing the guided tour were very knowledgeable about the property and it's history. Great place to spend an afternoon appreciating the craftsmanship of a bygone era.

Thank TJG1066

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