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Hearthstone Historic House Museum

Open Now: 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Beautiful, well-preserved historic home

This is such an intriguing house/museum to visit. It's so well-preserved and has such an... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Amanda L
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Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
Family time at an old home.

This gives a very historically accurate look into the home of the past. Restoration/preservation... read more

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Reviewed July 16, 2018
sheetsce
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Statesboro, Georgia
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The Hearthstone is a large, beautifully restored Queen Anne Victorian Style home built in 1882 by Henry J. Rogers, Superintendent of the Appleton Paper and Pulp Mill. On September 30, 1882, Hearthstone was the first house in the world to be lit by...more
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625 W Prospect Ave, Appleton, WI 54911-6042
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is such an intriguing house/museum to visit. It's so well-preserved and has such an interesting history. On September 30, 1882, it became the first residence in the world powered by a centrally located hydroelectric station using the Edison system. It's lovely any time of...More

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Thomas W, Public Relations Manager at Hearthstone Historic House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Amanda- Thank you for the wonderful review. Professional attention to detail is used in any restoration to ensure the authenticity of everything about Hearthstone.

Reviewed July 16, 2018

This gives a very historically accurate look into the home of the past. Restoration/preservation has, is being done, very carefully to not detract from the home's past and what can be learned by a careful tour. You are not rushed through and the guide we...More

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Reviewed July 16, 2018

from the moment we pulled into the parking lot, we were greated by a kind and helpful volunteer. The staff t Hearthstone is some of the very best I have ever encountered at an historic house. You can tell they are knowledgable and very proud...More

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Reviewed July 14, 2018

We visited on a hot, humid day. The building is not air conditioned and it was sweltering. Our docent was long winded, going over every detail. Being senior citizens we looked for a place to sit and finally asked if we could just look around...More

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Thomas W, Public Relations Manager at Hearthstone Historic House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2018

Dear Titletown- I am sincerely sorry that your visit was not pleasurable. You are correct that Hearthstone is not air-conditioned with a central system (they didn't have that in 1882! :). We do have modern standing air-conditioner units on each floor, however on an extremely...More

Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

If you want to learn the history and impressive past of Appleton, visit this! If you want to see an old beautiful home, visit this! Very nice museum and tour!

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Reviewed June 22, 2018

My grandkids and out of town realatives visited and it was a great experience. I would highly recommend the tour to young and old alike.

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Reviewed June 21, 2018

Docent provided history of the people who lived in the house as well as history of the house. Very informative.

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Reviewed June 19, 2018

The Friends of Hearthstone don period clothing and moving from room to room, you feel as though you are really back in time. The newly restored, circa 1880, kitchen is a wonder.

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Thomas W, Public Relations Manager at Hearthstone Historic House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

Loris- Thank you for the wonderful words. We are very happy you enjoyed your visit to Hearthstone!

Reviewed December 21, 2017

After living in and around Appleton most of my life, I had never done anything more than drive past this wonderful house. We finally visited and found it to be very interesting, both in structure, decor, technology and history. A very good job of preserving...More

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Reviewed December 18, 2017 via mobile

So rude. Can't take pictures, expensive and falling apart. Roof is full of moss, cobwebs in entryways. Just a shame.More

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Thomas W, Public Relations Manager at Hearthstone Historic House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

We're so sorry you didn't completely enjoy your visit at Hearthstone. Yours is one of the only negative reviews we have received. To address your issues: We allow anyone to take pictures of any area of Hearthstone with certain restrictions on commercial use and excessive...More

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