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Address: 22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432
Phone Number: +1 605-578-3724
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Sun - Sat 9:00 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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Great tour

Very interesting and a careful restoration. The guide we had was very knowledgeable interesting story, imagine a home being abandoned for decades with the owner visiting only... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Saskatoon, Canada
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Saskatoon, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting and a careful restoration. The guide we had was very knowledgeable interesting story, imagine a home being abandoned for decades with the owner visiting only once a year, and not even staying there.

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

We appreciate your great feedback on your tour of the Adams House. Thank you for your positive comments about the docent, as well. We hope to see you in Deadwood again. More 

Wallingford, CT
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64 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An amazingly well preserved home that has housed two of Deadwood's most important families. It was essentially vacant for over 50 years. Some parts are still being renovated, but most of the home is still the original rooms and furniture. The guide was very well informed and friendly. Definitely worth the entry fee if you are interested in the former... More 

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

Thank you for your great review of the Adams House in Deadwood. It's always great to hear comments from our visitors. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What not to love at this historical house, its gorgeous has history of past inhabitants n the view...

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

Thank you so much for your excellent review of the Adams House. We appreciate your visit! More 

Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited Adams House on Sunday, July 24th. Our tour guide, Robin, was exceptional. She went into great detail with the history and family stories in regard to the house. She even stayed after her tour and spoke with us for 20 minutes. We highly recommend visiting the Adams House while you're in Deadwood.

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

Thank you for your excellent review. It's wonderful to hear great comments about the tours of the Adams House. Robin truly is an exceptional tour guide, and I'm glad she was able to spend extra time with you. We hope you will visit Deadwood again! More 

NJ
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227 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had no idea how beautiful this house would be on the inside. So many little details that really made it amazing. The tour guide was very informative and able to answer all questions.

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

We truly appreciate your wonderful review of the Adams House. We are happy you enjoyed all the little details in the house, and thanks for the nice comments about your tour guide. More 

Sacramento, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful house and the history of it is very interesting. The tour is very informative, kids and I enjoyed it.

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

Thank you for your wonderful review on TripAdvisor. We are pleased you liked touring the home, hearing the history, and that the kids enjoyed themselves as well. More 

Algonquin, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of the highlights of the visit to Deadwood, besides the history around Wild Bill. The history in the walls and the talk of the tour guide was outstanding.

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

We truly appreciate your great review and comments about your tour of the Adams House. Thank you for visiting! More 

New Orleans
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you have the time, this historic home is well worth the visit. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable. The "modern" conveniences of the home put in around 1905 are fascinating and educational. It was very warm in the house during the summer and you will spend most of your time standing, so consider that before visiting.

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

Thank you for your review of the Adams House. We appreciate your visit and hope the air conditioning was working in the house during your tour. The second floor is typically the coolest area of the home on hot days. More 

Box Elder, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fascinating history and stunning historical home built in 1887. The Narrator was awesome. Big part of Deadwoods history.

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

Thank you for your great comments about the Adams House. The home was built in 1892, and featured major technological advancements for the time. Thanks for your feedback on your docent as well. We appreciate your visit to Deadwood! More 

McIntosh, SD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved visiting the Adams House! Our tour guide was very friendly and informative. So many neat features, from the sinks to the fireplaces to the art deco. So worth it!!

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

Thanks for your great review of the Adams House! It's great to hear from visitor's who thoroughly enjoy the furnishings in the home, as well as your wonderful comments about your tour guide. Thank you for visiting Deadwood, and we hope to see you again. More 

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