Hearthstone Historic House Museum

Built in 1882, this stunning Victorian landmark is the first home in the world lit by a hydroelectric central station based on the Thomas A. Edison system. Guided tours of the museum offer a step back in time to the dawn of domestic electricity. Original light fixtures, light switches, woodwork, stained glass and beautiful architecture greet each guest. An exciting hydro-adventure discovery center and gift shop are just right for kids of all ages. Changing exhibits, events and programs are held throughout the year.

Hours of Operation

Mon-Wed: Closed. Thursday & Friday: 10am, Saturday: 11am, Sunday: 1pm. Tours are conducted every half hour with the last tour of the day beginning at 3:30pm.


Hearthstone is located at the corner of West Prospect Avenue and Memorial Drive in Appleton.

History/Heritage Type

  • Wisconsin History
  • Historic Homes

State Historic Sign Site

  • Yes

Museum/Gallery Type

  • Historical