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“Fascinating home and history”
Review of Adams House

Adams House
Ranked #3 of 39 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.
Reviewed September 25, 2013

I loved this tour - It's long but very informative and beautiful. You can't take pictures - which I think is STUPID - and the restrooms are not usable in the house so go before it starts - They do have them in the gift shop. Enjoy!

Thank kogrone
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Lots of historical information and exhibits about Deadwood from it's beginnings - photos, artifacts, articles and interesting memoribilia

Thank Judi H
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

This was a beautiful home that survived 51 years of disuse. The restoration was done very well, and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the period furnishings. In one room, portions of the wallpaper were stripped back to show several wallpapers used during the history of the room. Sounds awful, but it was tastefully done. Guides are knowledgable and this was worth the visit.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

I am in my 30's and didn't think I would like this. My parents really wanted to check it out so we went. I was a nice tour. It was a little long but I did enjoy the history. The home is lovely and you must check it out!

1  Thank ajohnson2726
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

So much South Dakota history - Native Americans, settlers, miners, cowboys, " ladies of the night", western heroes and characters---Calamity Jane, Wild Bill.

Thank Carol T
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