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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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This a beautiful period house restored to its former glory. The house itself isn't all the big by some standards, but it contains a history of Deadwood that you won't find any... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Centennial, United States
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This a beautiful period house restored to its former glory. The house itself isn't all the big by some standards, but it contains a history of Deadwood that you won't find any place else. The history of the families that have lived there as well as the town made the tour well worth the price. There was a lot of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We stopped at the Adams house after seeing it on a tour. The property has been beautifully restored. We took the guided tour and we were the only people on the tour. The guide was very friendly and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

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dorset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

full of historic information and artefact, 3 floors could keep one interested for hours, which we did as it was raining.

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Deadwood, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I'm a big history nerd. I love Deadwood, I love big houses, and I love the Victorian era. This place caters to all of those interests. It's amazingly well-preserved, it's got a super compelling story, and the guided tour is a way to immerse yourself in the place, imagining what it was like to live there back in the early... More 

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Spicewood, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Right across the street. Had a tremendous amount of historical memorabilia. Tour was by donation with recommended being $5. Worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The house itself had an air of magic about it. Because all of the things in the house belonged to someone, and nothing has been added or removed, it creates such an authenticity that I doubt can be found in many places. I could feel it in the air.. It felt as though miss Adams would stroll through the door... More 

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Nice tour of the Adams House Very informative with lots of history and the interior is well maintained.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This house was fun to visit for any history fan. Cheap to tour, $8/person. Staff was very friendly and informative. Willing to answer all of our questions.

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Don't miss out on touring this unique, lovely, historic home which has its original furnishings still in place. That's because the owner kept the place intact and locked for 5 decades. Most interesting is the contrast between the lifestyle of the home's occupants and "common folk" of that era. They wanted for little; but, as the tour guide explains, the... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I am writing this review as a guest of The Adams House during its brief stint as a bed and breakfast. The house was like a time capsule, left closed for 50 years before the owner sold it. Beautiful inside and out. When I was staying there, we had access to the whole house, even the attic and all its... More 

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

Thank you for your fantastic review on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased you were able to revisit the house as a museum, and that you were one of the very lucky few who were able to stay in the home when it was a B&B. We hope you can visit Deadwood again soon. More 

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