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Hearthstone Historic House Museum

Prospect and Memorial Dr., Appleton, WI
+1 920-730-8204
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A lovely bit of Appleton History

After living in and around Appleton most of my life, I had never done anything more than drive past... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2017
Alan L
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Appleton, Wisconsin
Rude

So rude. Can't take pictures, expensive and falling apart. Roof is full of moss, cobwebs in... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2017
Teresa H
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Reviewed 21 December 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

Thank Alan L
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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Teresa H
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

This is a wonderful old mansion with quite a history. It was the first residence in the US to have electric poser, supplied by the hydroelectric plant in the nearby mill. The lights alone are worth the tour and all the background stories about the...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

We were lucky to arrive at Hearthstone on the 135th anniversary of the house, the first in the world to use hydroelectric power for lighting. The evening tour featured docents dressed in period costumes as well as the original lighting. The house is beautifully furnished...More

2  Thank Chelsea42
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

This home features many of the original details of Victorian architecture. Ahead of its time, this home was powered by the local waterfall. Except for being on a busy corner, this home transports visitors back to the time of statehood, when lumber barons still ruled.

1  Thank 4Youandyou
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Private tour that explained the home, the families that lived there and the new innovations that were firsts. This house had electricity before the White House did! If you have a couple hours and you what to learn a few things please stop there. We...More

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Reviewed 28 August 2017

My sister and I stopped when we were staying in town. We've a fair amount of time in period houses, doesn't mean we know much about them though. Beautiful house and neat that the town is able to support the mueseum. Guide was a volunteer...More

Thank TipsFrmMN
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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

This is one beautiful home built early 1900 and extremely well cared for and restored! The tour very informational, reasonable price and our guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable! Too bad no books with photos of the inside. The office is like inside a clipper...More

Thank Charlene A
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

I arrived a bit before 10 and was allowed to enter. I was by myself and so it was just my docent and myself. Judy is a GEM! she is so very knowledgeable and we had a delightful time together. I asked questions and she...More

Thank mountainswans
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

Don't keep passing this place by! Take the time, hear the stories, and appreciate your history Appleton! It's amazing for us to re-visit Wisconsin in the late 1800s, and even better for our children to see. Amazing craftsmanship, great tour guides, beautiful views - relive...More

Thank Maggie L
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