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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
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Wonderful!

This tour was one of the best things that we did on our stay in Deadwood! Excellent, professional, knowledgeable tour guide steve! Reasonable rates! A must see!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This tour was one of the best things that we did on our stay in Deadwood! Excellent, professional, knowledgeable tour guide steve! Reasonable rates! A must see!

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Stanley, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Lots of information about the area and the past. Lots of artifacts and displays to see. Very nice gift shop with misc. items to purchase.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

This private museum had many period pieces from Deadwood's past. A few items were fairly unique. Most were similar to the type of items you would expect to find in any museum focused upon a early west atmosphere.

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Trenton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Beautifully Restored-- the tour guide did an excellent job leading us through the house. A piece of history and must see!

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Wessington Springs, South Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This was an awesome tour. I loved the house and the guide was so knowledgeable! It was very interesting. Pretty reasonable cost as well- only $8 for a guided tour!

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

Thank you for writing a review about your recent visit to the Adams House. Our docents truly love to share the history of this amazing house! I'm happy to read you found the admission to be reasonable, as well. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Nate was our tour guide and he did a wonderful job of bringing the house to life with stories of its owners. Very knowledgeable and answered all questions. The house was beautiful and interesting. Must do!

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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. Nate is an excellent docent. He does a great job answering questions, and has thorough knowledge of the house and its history. We hope you visit Deadwood again! More 

Bismarck, North Dakota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Never been here - am writing this because it says my review will be lost if I leave this page. Someone needs a better programmer!

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

Hi, Mona: If you travel to Deadwood, we hope you will visit the Adams House. Thank you! More 

Lindsborg, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

Visited the Adams House in April 2015. Tickets were $8, very reasonable for such a thorough tour. The house really is a must see, with a majority of original fixtures and furniture...tour guide was very knowledgeable about the items and history of the home. You won't be disappointed!!!

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

Thank you for your lovely review of the Adams House. We are so pleased you enjoyed the touring the historic home. More 

Webster, South Dakota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This place was absolutely awesome. The history and woodwork of this place is incredible. Its definitely worth the $8.00 per person. The only downside was it seemed our tour guide seemed like he had a place to go and the tour was a bit rushed. He was extremely knowledgeable and answered all of our questions but like I said it... More 

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

We truly appreciate your incredible review of the Adams House. I'm sorry if the docent seemed rushed. I don't think he intended to be. We hope you visit Deadwood again. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Beautiful from the outside but they weren't open and we couldn't go in. We walked up from the hotel and i'm glad we did because there was an Easter egg hunt at the library and cars were parked everywhere.

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

Hi, Tammy: Sorry the Adams House was closed when you stopped by. We reopen for the season in April and our hours are 10-4, Tuesday-Sunday. Please email me your address, and I will mail you a couple of passes for your next trip to Deadwood. Rose@deadwoodhistory.com More 

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