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“Great history”
Review of Adams House

Adams House
Ranked #3 of 38 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.
Phoenix, AZ
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great history”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

This tour was very good with some of the old west tales and the reality of how hard life must have been then. Our tour guide was only supposed to take 30 minutes she gave us much more about an hour. Highly recommend

Visited June 2013
1 Thank SheriBeriB
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Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very nice house”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed the tour of this house. It takes about an hour. There is a lot of standing but they do have one chair in each room that you can sit on. You can not touch anything in the house so I don't recommend it for young children. Also there are no taking pictures inside the house but you can take pictures outside the house. The tour guide was very good. She gave us the history of who owned the house. She also told us where several of the items in the house were purchased. You can also get a senior discount if your over 50 and if you have triple AAA you can use your card to get a discount. My husband and I did walk to the house. It is not far to walk. I'd say it took us about 10 mins from town if that. Very nice place to visit.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Amy W
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice historic home”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

I always like to see historic homes wherever I go. The families who lived here weren't especially famous, but they were wealthy enough to afford to live well, as many were in Deadwood. The house was shut up for 50 years and so avoided having lots of remodeling done. It has had extensive restoration recently. The guide shared lot of information about the builders and how the house was changed in the early 20th century. A very nice, well-cared for property.

Visited June 2013
Thank Gwen G
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Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Most enjoyable thing we did in Deadwood”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

After reading about Adams House on Trip Advisor, we went there first thing after breakfast one morning,and it was incredibly enjoyable, and only cost $6 each (seniors). Our tour guide Bonnie was knowledgeable and informative and answered any questions we had about this old home that belonged to a wealthy family of Deadwood. The wooden floors are absolutely amazing. The furniture, dishes, toiletries are all from when they lived there. There is a jar of sugar cookies that hasn't been opened in over 50 years, in the kitchen. We were the only people with our guide and she let us take as much time as we wanted to look at everything. Don't miss this if you go to Deadwood!

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Marilinda69
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Deadwood, South Dakota
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Adams House - awesome”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

This place is a must see, so much history. Would definitely recommend to anyone. Lots of displays, pictures and authentic memorabilia.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank CCote_12
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