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Address: 22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432
Phone Number: +1 605-578-3724
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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adams house

great place, felt rushed to get in go through get out. U will love the architect and story behind this famouse home.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
pmcmullen2016
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Regina, Canada
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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

great place, felt rushed to get in go through get out. U will love the architect and story behind this famouse home.

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Orlando
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our tour guide was particularly articulate and knowledgeable making this an excellent tour. The tours run on the hour (I believe) and last about 45 minutes. The house is well appointed with period pieces and the family history is interesting. Visit the house after learning about Deadwood at the museum, we then walked (good exercise) up to the cemetery -... More 

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

Thank you for writing a review about your tour of the Adams House! We are glad you enjoyed the tour, the docent, the wonderful furnishings, and the great history of the families who lived in the home. We hope to see you in Deadwood in the future. More 

Leavenworth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a great tour by a very knowledgeable guide. We went all the way through the house and saw some amazing furnishings and art work. From wall paper to electrical items and from chandeliers to heating, this was an amazing house for its time. The original house cost $8500. It is currently handicap accessible. Tour take about 45 minutes.

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

Dear Larry, Thank you for your review of the Adams House! We appreciate your positive comments about the docent, the furnishings, artwork, and wall coverings. We hope to see you in Deadwood again! Rose Speirs Communications Director Deadwood History, Inc. More 

Wirtz, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

According to tour guide, the house is supposed to be haunted but he has never heard or seen anything. The tour was $7, and $6 for seniors. Original wall paper & furnishings. The first floor is handicapped accessible. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. There is also a Adams museum in town.

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

Thank you for your nice review of the Adams House! Some docents and visitors do say the house is haunted - many have had a variety of individual experiences. Not all of the docents have had something occur while they were in the house. The last owner of the home (Mary Adams) did perpetuate the story that the home was... More 

Warsaw, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Guided tour gives detail to various elements of the home. Wonderful home restoration. Bought a combined ticket for this house and Days of 76 museum. Really enjoyed the history.

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

Thank you for your great review of the Adams House! Glad you purchased the combo pass and were able to visit the Days of '76 Museum as well. More 

Wirtz, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Deadwood and had very limited time there. We debated if we wanted to spend some of that precious time in a museum. We did and were not at all sorry. The museum tells the story of Deadwood, from mining, timber, cattle, gambling, and known people. Well worth the time. Admission is free, but a donation of $5.00 pp... More 

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

Thank you for writing a review about the Adams Museum. We appreciate your feedback, and we are grateful you made the time to visit this museum and enjoyed yourselves! We hope to see you in Deadwood again. More 

Maple Grove, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This house was really cool because it had so many things that were original! They had a lot of technology for the time. Tour is $8 and took about 35 mins.

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

Thank you for writing a nice review of your tour of the Adams House, Lindsay! We hope to see you in Deadwood again. More 

Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good way to learn the history of the area through the home of a prominent family in early Deadwood. Learned a lot.

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

Thank you for you wonderful review on TripAdvisor! So pleased you enjoyed the tour of the Adams House, as well as the tour guide. More 

Juneau, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed visiting this home from the 1800's and the owner furnishings are original and beautifully preserved. I have toured many period homes around the country and this one is the most conservative and much smaller than I have seen which I really enjoyed. The tour guide Bonnie was excellent and could pretty much answer every question our tour group... More 

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

We truly appreciate your kind words and great review of the Adams House. Bonnie is a wonderful docent who really knows the history of the home. We are so pleased your tour group enjoyed the Adams House, and we hope you will visit Deadwood again. More 

Kimberley, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting and since we saw it on Ghost Adventures that was the only reason we made time. The Cemetery is also close by.

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

Thank you for your review of the Adams House. Glad to know the Ghost Adventures episode that featured Deadwood has brought us not only great exposure, but visitors to see the house for themselves. More 

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