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Hearthstone Historic House Museum

Prospect and Memorial Dr., Appleton, WI
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Appleton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums

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English first
Appleton, Wisconsin
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I have walked past this house many times but never stopped to visit until last night where I toured "Victorian Christmas at Hearthstone." The house itself was very beautiful, but to see it decorated for a Victorian Christmas was breathtaking. I especially enjoyed the history of the house as presented by Christine, a very knowledgeable volunteer. If you have a... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This was a home built by a weathy family in the 1800's. The first to have hydro electric lights in the home. I was the for a Christmas Tea, which was wonderful and very authentic. I would recommend going for Christmas, the decorations are fantastic and the guides are in period clothing.

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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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112 reviews 112 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We visited first thing in the morning and were the first and only visitors at the time. The staff was very friendly and knowledgable. We got a thorough tour of the house, had plenty of time to view and ask questions. we really enjoyed the basement museum with plenty of time to view and explore. We are both history lovers... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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120 reviews 120 reviews
46 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The connection to early Appleton is interesting. The docents are well informed. My favorite part is the interactive displays in the basement. You can create electricity by riding a bicycle!

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Top Contributor
298 reviews 298 reviews
101 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

My friend loves historic houses and mansions so when I read about this one I immediately put it on our itinerary. We were not disappointed, in fact we couldn't believe that it was not more well know. Our volunteer guide was wonderful. You could tell, by the way she shared the history and legends of the place, that she truly... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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883 reviews 883 reviews
424 attraction reviews
264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The house and its history are quite interesting, but the tour itself could improve. Volunteers are great for free labor, but a bit more training for historic accuracy and tour-giving skills would help.

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Chicago, Illinois
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121 reviews 121 reviews
55 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Our docent was very, very knowledeable about the house down to the last detail which made the house more interesting. I found it very interesting that the original owner of the house was swindled by the lead character in the Devil and the White City and lost the bulk of his fortune as a result. Fun exhibits to play with... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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144 reviews 144 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Beautiful Victorian home built in the 1800's. The wood inside is incredible, from the floors to the detailed carvings. The docent was very knowledgeable and gives a great tour. The cost is only $7 for adults and it is a bargain. The basement is a hands on museum and includes a video and a Victorian bike that you can ride... More 

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Silver Creek
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I loved everything about this tour and I've been on it more than once! So worth the time to stop and bring the kids along as they have some wonderful things for little people to learn as well as the big people in their lives. For anyone who likes the Victorian era or decorating... this is a major treat! Go,... More 

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Flint, mi
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166 attraction reviews
325 helpful votes 325 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My wife and I were on a fast-paced schedule (we visited several museums in one day because of our ASTC membership). We saw this place and walked around the perimeter and took some photos (no photography allowed inside).

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