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Address: 22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732
Phone Number: +1 605-578-3724
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Historic Adams House was built in 1892 by Deadwood pioneers Harris and...

The Historic Adams House was built in 1892 by Deadwood pioneers Harris and Anna Franklin. Local contemporary press described the home as "the grandest house west of the Mississippi." The elegant Queen Anne-style house heralded a wealthy and socially prominent new age for Deadwood, a former rough and tumble gold mining town. Harris and Anna Franklin’s son Nathan bought the house for $1 in 1905. In 1920, Nathan Franklin sold the house to W.E. and Alice Adams for $8,500. Adams' second wife Mary closed up the house in 1936, two years after W.E.'s death, leaving the contents and furnishings intact. By 1987, an infirm Mary Adams Balmat sold the mansion to a couple who renovated the house and operated it as a bed and breakfast inn until 1992 when they sold the home to the City of Deadwood’s Historic Preservation Commission.

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Special place, with personal tours by the docents

This house is fully restored and most of the furnishings are original. W.E. Adams was one of the first business men in Deadwood, operating various businesses starting in 1876... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Bill H
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Deadwood, South Dakota
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Deadwood, South Dakota
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This house is fully restored and most of the furnishings are original. W.E. Adams was one of the first business men in Deadwood, operating various businesses starting in 1876, He also built the Adams museum in town and donated it to the city. The Adams house is a great place to tour and the docents know there stuff.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review of the Adams House. We are truly pleased you enjoyed the tour and the knowledge of the docents. More 

LongIsland
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102 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Adams Museum – Deadwood SD Nicely filled with memorabilia and artifacts from the late 1800s. Quite a lot is packed into the 3 floors & it has an elevator –although a verrrrrry slow one. It was nice to be able wander and read all of the background and commentary about the times there. Place was fairly empty of people, but... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Adams Museum, and writing such a nice review. The elevator is slow, but we are grateful the City of Deadwood installed one. We hope you choose to visit Deadwood again. More 

Michigan City, Indiana
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19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

the house and family history are very interesting, its in easy walking distance from downtown and very much worth your time

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind and positive review of the Adams House. We hope you can visit Deadwood again. More 

Lake Saint Louis MO
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Toured the house in 2013. Had the place to ourselves. Tour guide was very nice. Interesting piece of history.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind review, Michael. We hope you visit Deadwood again! More 

Pierre, South Dakota
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

We went through the home for the Paranormal investigation tour. Had a great time, but we feel there were too many people in the house at one time to hear or see anything. Too many people whispering and/or talking, laughing. It was a great tour, informative and fun, but they really need to cut down the amount of people in... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Dear Matt, Thank you for your positive feedback on the Adams House, and specifically the Paranormal Investigation Tours we held in October. We take your comments seriously, and will work to either address the number of attendees per tour and/or mention to guests to keep their voices down during the investigations prior to the beginning of each tour. Kind Regards,... More 

London, United Kingdom
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451 reviews
259 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 348 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

This Victorian building is an elegant Queen Anne styled house built in 1892 less than 20 years after Deadwood town was founded by the many prospectors and miners seeking gold. Pioneers Harris and Anna Franklin built the house described as 'the grandest house west of Mississippi'. The house takes its name from the museum's original founder W.E. Adams. Informative tour... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit, and appreciate your highlighting many of the beautiful furnishings in the Adams House. We hope you visit Deadwood again in the future! More 

Rogers
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

I was visiting this house for the Paranormal Investigation Tour and it was a very incredible experience. The house is so full of history and I will go back at daylight to visit the inside again. I was inside and it was night and only flashlights was showing me this amazing house. Definitive something you should not miss out on.

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2 Thank Birgit S
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Dear Birgit, Thank you for your incredible review on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased you were able to attend the Paranormal Investigation Tours at the Adams House in October. Your compliment about it being the most beautiful historical house you ever saw is truly appreciated by our staff. We hope you visit again soon. Sincerely, Rose Speirs Communications Director, Deadwood... More 

Moline, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

It was a nice experience seeing this house. The history and the craftsmanship that went into this house is quite amazing.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Dear Kathy, Thank you for your feedback on your tour of the Adams House. Great to know you enjoyed the home and its unique architecture. We hope you visit Deadwood again in the future. Kind Regards, Rose Speirs Communications Director, Deadwood History More 

Waconia, Minnesota
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We went on the tour in mid October. We were the only ones on the tour. Our tour guide was informative & interactive with our children. It helped that our children were cooperative!! The tour was interesting and informative.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your tour of the Adams House. We are always pleased to know guests and their families enjoy this great tour. More 

Lewisville, Texas
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50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Great place to visit. You get a tour of the house plus a lot of history, not only on the house but also on Deadwood. Would advise anyone going to Deadwood to make this a stop.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review, and suggesting to future Deadwood visitor's to make this a stop for more Deadwood history. We hope to see you again! More 

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