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Hearthstone Historic House Museum

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Address: Prospect and Memorial Dr., Appleton, WI
Phone Number: 920-730-8204
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Very cool place

This is a very interesting part of Appleton History. The home was the first house powered with hydroelectric power, so it has its place in history of electricity. After going on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is a very interesting part of Appleton History. The home was the first house powered with hydroelectric power, so it has its place in history of electricity. After going on a golf trip in Michigan, and meeting an Edison salesman, Mr Rogers decided to have electricity put into the house and the paper rmill plant he ran. He apparently... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We visited 625 W Prosptect, known as Hearthstone, as part of our 'Appleton Old Third Ward Walking Tour' - aided by the free map and guide we had acquired earlier. We had not booked in advance and were impressed that we could swiftly join two others for a tour of the Victorian mansion - which was very interesting. The volunteer... More 

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San Mateo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This house is an amazing piece of history and is well worth a visit. It is open Thursday through Sunday and and is just off Memorial/Appleton and cannot be accessed from the Mill side due to road construction. The interior has some of the most beautiful woodwork and is a view into the lives of a wealthy family in the... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Tours are done by very knowledgeable volunteers. We went for a Christmas tour, and it was absolutely beautiful...loved learning about it's history and the families who had lived there.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

If you're in Appleton, this is a must see. The history behind it is incredible. The home itself is beautiful and the with all the detail in the woodwork, it's breathtaking. Well worth it if you love history.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Nice family place for history and background of Appleton in earlier days. The tour was very informational

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Newnan, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We were the only ones in our tour so we in essence got a private tour. The first house in to be lighted by electricity is very interesting. The original woodwork inside the house was beautiful. I am glad that a private Foundation made up of private citizens saved this beautiful house from being destroyed. The volunteer guide was very... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Loved the Victorian architecture and use of beautiful carved and inlaid woods throughout. Great information about the paper baron families that made this area so prosperous, plus fun little museum for kids to have a hands-on experience regarding this being the first home in US to be wired by Thomas Edison himself.

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Peoria Heights, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Excellent tour around a little known historic gem. Our guide (I missed her name but she did have a distinctive Germanic accent) was great ...informative, knowledgeable, and amusing. The house is only partially restored due to financial constraints but those open to the public are a joy to behold ...amazingly well preserved. Well worth a visit

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The tour guide was informative and it was fun to see the way people lived in the past. If you go, be sure to take a tour from a guide.

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