Hearthstone Historic House Museum, Appleton

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The Hearthstone Historic House Museum is a historic home in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States that has been converted into a museum. On September 30, 1882, it became the first residence in the US powered by a centrally located hydroelectric station using the Edison system. At that time, the house was the residence of Henry James Rogers, a paper company executive and entrepreneur. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 2, 1974. The house was previously known as the Henry J. Rogers House.

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  • This is a very informative museum to visit. Lots of history. Interactive activity for the kids. Absolutely a place well worth visiting.  more »
  • We had a wonderful time touring this well maintained historic home. It is full of excellent examples of early home design as well as being the first home in the US to be lighted by electricity.  more »
  • A beautifully restored home from the 1800s. The attention to detail in the restoration as well as the original building is phenomenal. The guys are very knowledgeable and very friendly. This was well worth the time in money and I would recommend it to anyone who has an appreciation for electricity, history, antiques, beautiful homes and historical homes.
  • Super detailed, fascinating tour. Absolutely beautiful museum. Still in the process of being restored, so don't be shy about letting them keep the change after you pay the $8 entry fee. Staff is all volunteer, and their live and respect for history is glowingly obvious. At least 1 of the volunteers is from one of the families who owned and lived in the house. The community's appreciation for the foundation's work to save the house is also evident; almost none if the furnishings are original to the house. All of the incredibly valuable filler pieces were either donated or sold to them at below cost. Truly a magnificent way to spend a few hours!

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