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Adams House

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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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Great Tour!

My family loved this tour. Pat was very informative and friendly, even with our 2 year old being a little restless during the tour. This is a beautiful house and I'm happy we had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My family loved this tour. Pat was very informative and friendly, even with our 2 year old being a little restless during the tour. This is a beautiful house and I'm happy we had the chance to see it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

A good museum about the history of the town, a lot to read about the famous names and the early days of the town and Black Hills gold rush. Not meant for young children as they quickly got bored.

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Regina, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

You can only visit as part of a tour but they are every half hour. The stories about the house were really interesting. The house has been beautifully restored. it was definitely worth our time to see it.

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Trenton ND
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I liked all the exhibits here at the museum. everything was well put together, the atmosphere was good, within walking distance from my hotel

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

Thank you so much for choosing to visit the Adams House, and writing a positive review on TripAdvisor. We are pleased you enjoyed the exhibits and the atmosphere of our museum. It's always a bonus to be able to walk to your destination in Deadwood. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Stopped at the house for an afternoon in Deadwood. It was really neat. After visiting the house, I read reviews about tour guides mentioning it may be haunted and referring to the ghosts of the house. I was a little disappointed that our guide did not mention that at all as that would have made the experience even greater; she... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Adams House and writing a wonderful review on TripAdvisor. Some of our docents embrace the references to potential ghosts and others do not. Over the past few years, we have offered a special paranormal tour to visitors during the month of October. We are offering these tours again on October 16, 17, 23 and 24.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We had a nice visit in Deadwood, which is a nice little town. The Adams House tour was interesting and beautiful, and the restoration work was obviously a labor of love and money for the town! worth visiting.

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

We always appreciate hearing great things about our museum. Great to hear you found the Adams House to be interesting, beautiful and worth visiting. The restoration was indeed a labor of love. Thank you. More 

Lake Mills
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Met some really nice people from where our friends were raised. The house brought back memories of when we were kids.

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

Thank you for your exceptional review of the Adams House. It's good to know the Adams House brought back good memories of when you were a child. More 

Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Stopped by after Moun Mori visit (same neighborhood) , $8 for a 45 minute tour, I passed ! Might be interesting but I wouldn't know.

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

Hello, So sorry you didn't actually take the tour of the Adams House. I'm sure you would have been pleased. We offer a variety of discounts to visitors. But I do hope you enjoyed your tour of Mount Moriah Cemetery. Thank you for visiting Deadwood. Please give the Adams House a try if you visit Deadwood again in the future.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Our family recently toured the Adams House and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our tour guide was Bonnie. She was full of interesting facts and stories and kept the attention of our entire group which ranged from young children to senior citizens. The house is not restored ... it was actually untouched for 50 years and in excellent condition. We especially enjoyed... More 

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

Thank you so much for choosing to tour the Adams House. We appreciate your Wonderful Tour review on TripAdvisor. Bonnie is one of our very best docents. She really knows her history, as well as the stories associated with the house. Bonnie has a great way with people of all ages, and I'm happy she pleased everyone in your group. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

What a great surprise this tour was. I don't want to spoil the story of how, but this house has been perfectly preserved just the way it was 100 years ago. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable on the history and was able to answer any questions. If you're heading up to Wild Bill's grave I highly recommend stopping at... More 

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

Dear Bradlee, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your glowing recommendation to tour the Adams House, and commenting on your knowledgeable docent. We hope you can visit Deadwood again! More 

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Additional Information about Adams House

Address: 22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732
Phone Number: +1 605-578-3724
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Deadwood
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 8 - 8

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