Appleton, WI is home to over 74,000 people. It is a place we all hold close to our heart, rich in kindness and with plenty of opportunity and room for growth for all who live here. When people live in a place for a long time or are in a place that is familiar to them, they can overlook many of the special and unique historical locations. Appleton has SO MANY historical location and venues for you to visit, learn more about, and investigate.
Let’s go find some history!
History Museum at the Castle
Originally a Masonic Temple, the History Museum at the Castle is a true gem. “Inside the walls of the History Museum, the past comes alive through the stories, photographs and artifacts of people of Appleton and the Fox Valley. Our mission is to inspire appreciation for the rich history of the Fox River Valley area communities through the collections, exhibits and education at the History Museum at the Castle.“
With a range of events from walk throughs, museum visits, pub crawls, exhibits, and private events, the venue is versatile and there is always something going on. Take a look at their website for a list of current exhibits! Some of our favorites include the most popular one on Harry Houdini. There are currently pop-up exhibits that are only here temporarily! See them now before they are gone!
Little Chute Windmill
This FULLY FUNCTIONING windmill is designed after those in the 1850’s. It was built and designed in the Netherlands and brought to the Fox Cities. It is a beautiful sight to visit and a wonderful landmark to celebrate Dutch heritage in the Fox Cities.
Hearthstone Historic House Museum
This house is significant in more ways than one. While Hearthstone is a gorgeous representation of a Queen Anne style Victorian home, it also holds its own in representing innovation and progress.
“Hearthstone was at the center of a pivotal moment in history in the United States; the dawning era of electrification, a scientific and technological advancement that had arguably one of the most profound impacts in the way Americans lived their lives from that moment forward.
Hearthstone is a nationally significant engineering site as the first house in the United States to be incandescently illuminated by a hydroelectric powered Western Edison Electric Light Company dynamo power station and an Edison Electric System.”
Many children in the Appleton school district attend here for field trips but they offer much more than just that! The tours are affordable and thorough. This would definitely be one of our TOP recommended MUST SEE monuments in the Fox Cities.
Fox Cities Stadium
Home to the Timber Rattlers, Appleton’s Minor League Baseball Team, the stadium is a great place to enjoy America’s favorite pastime. This addition to the Fox Cities provided our community with incredible entertainment and energy. Check out the Rattlers schedule this season and try to catch a game!
Located just East of downtown appleton, Lawrence University has the killer duo of a gorgeous campus and incredible historic monuments.
The most recognized building at the University is Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Built in 1919, the chapel is used for concerts and public events today. Check out the Box Office website for the schedule of events. Attending a concert in this gorgeous space may be worth it for the glory of the chapel alone (the music is a bonus- haha!).
If concerts aren’t up your alley, just walking around the campus is the perfect change up to your routine. Soak it all in!
Heckrodt Wetland Preserve
While in Menasha, Heckrodt about a 15 minute drive from Appleton. From their website, “Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is a 76-acre urban nature reserve with habitats including forested wetland, cattail marsh, open water, created prairie, open field, and upland forest. Located in Menasha, Wisconsin on Lake Winnebago in the Fox Valley / Fox River Area.”
The nature center is a wonderful place to learn about the wetland during ALL SEASONS. Check out their website for more info on classes, school trip offerings, and other exciting news the center has!
Being more knowledgeable and aware of where we live and who was here before us is our responsibility. What cool things have you learned about our community? Comment below!