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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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Our docent, Robin, was excellent. She knows her stuff and did a great job sharing the history with us. The house is a beautiful site and so well preserved and restored. This is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 NEW

Our docent, Robin, was excellent. She knows her stuff and did a great job sharing the history with us. The house is a beautiful site and so well preserved and restored. This is well worth a visit. We paid $31 for 4 adults and 1 child (they mentioned a AAA discount of $1/ticket upon purchase, which was nice because we... More 

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Hastings, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

The tour was great too, but the house is the main attraction. Stunning place for the time and place.

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

Dear Adams House Guest, Thank you so much for your great review and kind words about the Adams House. We are pleased you enjoyed the tour, and that you found the house itself to be the main attraction. It is stunning, and we are trilled when our visitors feels the same way we do. We hope you can visit Deadwood... More 

Minnesota
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed hearing about the history of Deadwood from the perspective of the wealthy who settled here. Home is interesting

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

We always appreciate hearing good things about the Adams House. We are pleased you enjoyed the history and that you found the house to be interesting. Thank you for visiting! More 

Arkansas
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The tour was very informative and the guide answered all of our questions . Fun stop and tour . Tours leave on the hour and half hour . No photos are allowed in the house .

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

Dear Adams House Guest, We always appreciate hearing great things about the Adams House. Thank you for summing it up with - a fun stop and tour. Your review gives visitors a wonderful summation of what to expect when they visit in the summer. We hope you will come back to Deadwood again soon. Kind Regards, Rose Speirs, Communications Director... More 

Commerce City, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Amazingly informative history of the area well presented. Gave us an excellent overview without being dull and boring. Terrific staff. Highly recommend for anyone interested in history and especially school groups. Deadwood was a boom town with a very rich history.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for your excellent and informative review about the Adams House! We truly appreciate hearing positive comments about our tours, the terrific staff, and your great recommendation to history lovers and school groups to tour this wonderful house museum. We hope to see you again. Sincerely, Rose Speirs, Communications Director Deadwood History, Inc. More 

Barnum, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We enjoyed the tour and hearing the stories of the people who at one time resided there. Interesting furnishings. Knowledgeable staff. Worth the money.

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

Dear Carol, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor. We are pleased you enjoyed the stories surrounding the Adams House, its furnishings, the knowledgeable staff, and that you felt it was worth the money. Thank you, and have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Nice house to tour with some interesting history. The house sat unoccupied for s long time. All the furniture is original io the house. Our tour guide was very nice and informative. Reasonably priced.

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

Dear Adams House visitor, Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor. It's great to hear you had a positive experience touring the home with our staff. And thank you for coming to Deadwood. Sincerely, Rose Speirs, Communications Director Deadwood History, Inc. More 

Ramona, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The memorabilia here is fascinating. There was nothing not to like. What amazed me the most was how small the horse drawn carriages were. People had to be really small to fit into them.

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

Thank you for your generous review. I think you may have visited our other property, the Days of '76 Museum which is amazing too! The horse drawn carriage and stagecoach collection is a favorite for most of our visitors. We appreciate your visit to Deadwood and our museum. More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

Our tour guide, Pat, rushed our tour through because there was another tour started not long after ours began. She was annoyed with any questions asked, because she was in such a rush. When asked about a "heat screen" the visitor was actually shushed by her! I was very disappointed a tour guide would act this way!

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

Thank you for taking the time to review the Adams House. We truly value the opinions of our customers, and we apologize that we did not meet your expectations. Giving our guests the best possible tour of this beautiful home is our mission. The Adams House manager will discuss this issue with the docent. We have to keep our tours... More 

Pleasant Prairie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I recommend you walk through Adams house. Donations and lot to see about History of deadwood and area.

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

Thank you for visiting the Adams House, and enjoying the history. 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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