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“Awesome house with Great History!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Adams House

Adams House
Ranked #2 of 40 things to do in Deadwood
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Velva, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Awesome house with Great History!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2011

What a beautiful house. The history is amazing! We went to the Adam's museum downtown first and than to the house. It is a gem!

Visited August 2011
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“Great tour; worth the money”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2011

The only way to see this Queen Anne-style home is on a guided tour through the house which takes about 45 minutes. My wife and I were the only two on the tour and, with all our questions, the tour probably took longer. Our tour guide, Michael, was well-versed in the history of the house. It was built by Harris and Anna Franklin, Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, in 1892. Thirteen years later, he sold it to their son Nathan and his wife. Later, the son sold it to W.E. Adams and his wife Alice. Alice died and Adams remarried and died in 1934. His second wife later sold it to a couple who operated it as a bed and breakfast for several years. They later sold it to the city of Deadwood. It opened for public tours in 2000. This place has the original furnishings from the late nineteenth century and had all of the conveniences of that period (indoor plumbing, electricity, steam heating, etc). The tour was very informative and educational and takes one back to a period in history. The story of the two families, Franklin and Adams, is also interesting.

Visited August 2011
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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A nice way to ease into Deadwood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2011

This was a pleasant tour, and a nice way to start our visit to Deadwood. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and she gave us some good suggestions for things to check out downtown, as well as places to eat.

Visited June 2011
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Impressive house; great tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2011

We really enjoyed this stop. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the house and of the families that lived there. The house and furnishings are beautiful and have an interesting history. Probably the most informative historic home tour we've ever been on. AAA members get $1 discount on admission ($6 instead of $7).

Visited July 2011
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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A Must See”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2011

We visited the Adam's house this past week, during our vacation to the Black Hill's. We loved this stop! It was economical, which is always important to us,a s a family of 7. We visited as a family and all of our children were interested and had plenty of questions and observations. Our youngest child is 8 and he found it interesting aswell. Not sure how younger children would fair, as nothing in the house is to be touched and it does require quiet listening. Our guide was a retired teacher and he was very good at keeping the group focused and entertained. This is a must see for anyone who appreciates Victorian style homes and the furnishings of the era. Would love to revisit the Adam's HOuse again on our next vacation to Deadwood!

Visited June 2011
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