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“Interesting” 5 of 5 bubbles
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.
Lanark, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

Found out loads about Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickock and lots of other interesting snippets. Photographs for the era let you put faces to the people you have heard about. Very factual.

Visited September 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Cool Historical House!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

The tour guide was very friendly and educated. Gave great tid-bits about the Adams family and the history of house and the culture of the times. Beautiful house with original woodwork, furniture, and decor. A must-see!

Visited March 2013
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Deadwood, South Dakota
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fascinating home and history”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited June 2013
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Thank kogrone
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Easton, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

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

Visited September 2013
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Casa Grande, Arizona
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful Home”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Michelle S
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