Adams House

Adams House, Deadwood: Hours, Address, Adams House Reviews: 4.5/5

Adams House
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
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
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
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LightPacker777200
20 contributions
beautiful house in historic deadwood
Aug 2021
Beautiful and large house in Deadwood with some interesting backgrounds of the builders and owners. Tour is $10 each and last about 45 min. Very informative of the early history of deadwood and it's people. Amazing how well the house has been maintained.
Written August 27, 2021
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RYC88
Centreville, VA1,041 contributions
Fabulous house tour
Jul 2021
What a beautiful home and the fact that everything in there is from the original occupants is truly astonishing given it was unoccupied for decades. All the architectural details are fabulous and the furnishings are wonderful and eclectic and super interesting. We had a very good docent who was incredibly knowledgeable about the family and the restoration. It was an excellent house tour that took about 45 minutes. The tours are timed to go on the half hour, but they do fill up, so you may not get tickets for the next time slot if that tour is already full.
Written August 8, 2021
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What fabulous and thorough review! Thank you for your excellent feedback about the Adams House, including its architecture, the furnishings, and your kind words about your docent. We would love to see you back in Deadwood again sometime.
Written August 16, 2021
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chockel
Millersville, MD182 contributions
Our docent made the day!
Aug 2021
It was very refreshing to have such an enthusiastic, knowledgeable young man educate us about the history of this beautiful home. Well worth the visit!
Written August 1, 2021
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Thank you for your lovely review about the Adams House, as well as your kind words about the young man who provided your tour. Our tour guides really love their job and it shows. We appreciate your visit to Deadwood and hope you will return again sometime.
Written August 16, 2021
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Andy H
Pueblo, CO23 contributions
The Story of This Historic Home
Jul 2021
This is well worth the tour. The story this house has plus the details the house still gives. I highly recommend this tour when in Deadwood.
Written August 1, 2021
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Thank you for your great recommendation and kind words about the Adams House. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the house and the stories. We truly appreciate your visit to Deadwood.
Written August 16, 2021
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Laurie Ashley
Hope Mills, NC614 contributions
Lovely, lovely house. Great tour!! Outstanding historic house tour!
Jun 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed the Adams House. It is interesting and beautiful. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed learning more about the history of Deadwood. There is a small gift shop and clean, comfortable rest rooms. We would definitely return because I can't get enough of these kinds of historic homes. Beautifully furnished, beautiful personal things that belonged to the family. Beautifully restored. Just loved it. Great front porch. Beautiful yard. Just off the edge of town. I do recommend driving there due to it being hilly to get there from town.
Written July 14, 2021
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Thank you for your lovely review about the Adams House tour. We are pleased you enjoyed the house, the tour, and your tour guide! We also appreciate your kind words about the furnishings and person items owned by the Adams family. We hope to see you back in Deadwood!
Written July 26, 2021
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Relaxgilr
Florida31 contributions
If you like historic homes- Visit Adams House
Jun 2021
I just love historic homes and Adams House did not disappoint! The guided tour was well timed and really interesting! I had a few questions and the docent was knowledgeable and able to answer them. It was really a terrific tour!
Written July 8, 2021
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Thank you for your review! It's great to hear you enjoyed the Adams House. We appreciate your kind words about your tour guide, and his/her ability to answer your questions. We hope to see you in Deadwood again sometime.
Written July 26, 2021
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PH-Travel-Lovers
Lewis Center, OH549 contributions
A must see if in Deadwood.
Jul 2021 • Couples
A nice small museum. Plenty of Deadwood and old west history.
No cost to get in but donations are welcome.

They close at 5.

An easy walk from Main Street Deadwood.

3 floors and friendly staff.

We spent an hour at Adams House.

Overall - Fun.
Written July 2, 2021
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Thank you for your kind words about the Adams Museum and the staff. We are grateful you had time to visit our museum while you were in Deadwood.
Written July 26, 2021
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Disneybus
Pittsgrove, NJ641 contributions
Great tour - but don't eat the cookies!
Jun 2021
This was a very interesting tour, not only about the house but of the occupants who passed through. The 45 minute tour was perfect, as our guide was exceptional and well briefed (he could have lived there). The 1892 Queen Anne-style mansion reveals the tragedies and triumphs of two of Deadwood's founding families, including that of W.E. Adams. The house, furnished with all the modern features of its time, updates the Deadwood timeline after the gold rush and the Wild Bill years. After Adams' death in 1934, his second wife Mary - 44 years younger than W.E., shut the house up and let it sit for almost 60 years - preserving history for us! One preserved item is the cookie jar in the kitchen containing cookies made over sixty years ago.
Written July 1, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your visit to the Adams House. We are pleased you enjoyed the tour, the history of the house, and the tour guide. Our goal is to make the tour personal, and our tour guides work hard and do an amazing job. We do hope you will come back to Deadwood sometime.
Written July 26, 2021
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jmarqdt
Chicago26 contributions
Must for those who love old home tours.
Jun 2021 • Family
This tour was amazing. The house is so cool. The tour guide was so knowledgeable. If you enjoy old home tours it’s a must! Not for young kids at all. My teenage girls enjoyed it though.
Written June 30, 2021
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Thank you for writing an amazing review for the Adams House. It's good to hear you enjoyed the house and the tour guide as well. We appreciate your wonderful recommendation.
Written July 26, 2021
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BobMyr
NY406 contributions
Don't miss this if you are visiting Deadwood
Jun 2021
Don't miss this if you are visiting Deadwood. The house is well-maintained. The interior is phenomenal--so well-restored with original furnishings. Our tour guide clearly loved her work and really added to our enjoyment of the house.
Written June 27, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Adams House. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the restoration of the home, and we appreciate your kind words about the tour guide. We hope you'll visit Deadwood again!
Written July 26, 2021
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Adams House is open:
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM