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Address: 22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732
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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Beautiful tour

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 3 days ago NEW

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 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

Marietta, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped and toured the Adams House it is very well preserved the history of the house is interesting the house is beautiful the tour gives great information on the families that lived there. I had my 11 year with me and he enjoyed the tour also.

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

Thank you for your very kind and positive review. The Adams House is a gem in Deadwood, and we love hearing great comments from our visitors. We are glad to hear your 11 year old also enjoyed the tour. More 

paris france
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this tour. We had Robin as our tour guide and she was very very knowledgeable and she kept the tour interesting for our 8 and 12 year old. Fun facts about the family and time period as well as knowledge in the architecture and building style. The kids as well as the parents enjoyed this little slice of... More 

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

Thank you so much for your fabulous review of your tour of the Adams House, as well as your great comments about Robin. Robin is a excellent docent, and she knows her material inside and out. She is great with children and adults alike. Thank you for visiting Deadwood, and we hope to see you again! More 

Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to tour the Adams House after visiting Mount Moriah on our recent trip to Deadwood. I am so glad we did. I felt like I had stepped back into time. The house is beautiful and our tour guide was very well informed on the history of the house as well as the lives of the family who lived... More 

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

We truly appreciate your review of the Adams House in Deadwood. It's especially nice to hear that you felt like you had stepped back in time. We are happy you were pleased with your tour guide, and hope you will visit Deadwood again! More 

palmyra
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good tour guide . Interesting tour of two families that made their lives and careers in Deadwood

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

Thank you so much for your great feedback on the Adams House! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have to say I loved the tour guide, and the tour, she was very very knowledgeable about the Adams House! I will definitely recommend this to people if they are in the area! Thanks

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

Thank you for visiting the Adams House and for taking the time to write a great review! We hope to see you in Deadwood again. More 

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