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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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A learning experience for kids & adults!

A great museum to take the kids or grandchildren. The first home with electricity! We have also gone around Christmas which was really cool.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 17, 2015
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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181 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They should turn this place into a B & B or apartments and get some actual use out of it...since its falling apart and they don't have funding to repair things. Ive visited a few times and the staff is not friendly - and they are constantly following you like a child ....sickening.... since were in our 40s and this... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

A great museum to take the kids or grandchildren. The first home with electricity! We have also gone around Christmas which was really cool.

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Thank rjbhunter
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Just south of downtown Appleton is a beautiful house built in the late 1800's with a unique history. The house is the first private residence in the world to be lighted with electricity from a hydroelectric power plant. Original light fixtures, bulbs, and switches are still in use. The private foundation that owns the house has done a good job... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We have visited this museum years ago. The site is very interesting and well preserved. The entire building is good to see how things were in the past. This is the first house in the area to have "wired" electricity. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Thank SHUSSATW
Menasha, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Beautifully restored--first hydroelectric home in Appleton--Many rooms to explore and see and appreciate how the wealthy lived in the good old days--

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Thank poetmaker
Wisconsin
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

This is a very neat place for a grade school children thru seniors. I think everytime I've been there, I see something new, or that I missed the last time!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

We came here for their Halloween tour. The house is beautiful and we enjoyed learning more about it. All staff is volunteer. It wasn't very "haunted", so this would be safe to take smaller children. The only downside was that we had two annoying patrons in our tour group and I would have appreciated staff telling them to shut up... More 

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Kimberly, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Not only is this a very historic place but it is beautiful. The old world charm & the friendly tour staff is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. I took one of my piano students & we had a wonderful time.

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Thank sue W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed a wonderful tour of this 19th century home. Hard to believe they had electricity in 1882! Even better, the original fixtures are still there. The woodwork is exquisite, amazingly detailed carvings, built-ins, paneling, ceilings, and floors in original condition. Furnishings and decor are true to the period, so cool to hear an old Edison recording in the 1st house... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

I contacted the docent of Hearthstone a few years ago to see about going for a visit after hours. He very generously obliged. A friend and I (both with mediumship skills) were able to feel and correctly identify (according to the docent) all kinds of activity! But don't worry, it's NOT a scary place! All that aside, it's an amazingly... More 

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