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“If you're not into gambling, this is the best thing in town”
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.
Newark, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“If you're not into gambling, this is the best thing in town”
Reviewed September 5, 2010

Highly recommend a stop at this house. The tours ran every hour and lasted about 45 minutes. Our tour guide was fantastic, we really enjoyed hearing the history of this beautifully renovated home. The rest of the town...not so great. Just a bunch of casinos with the smell of cigarette smoke floating everywhere. Check out this house instead!

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Elgin Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
“John adams on the adams house”
Reviewed September 24, 2009

This was the first thing we did in deadwood and im glad we did.Late afternoon on a wednesday my wife and i were the only 2 in the tour of the house. Our tour guied was great. the tour starts at the front door and takes you through the rooms on the first floor, Telling all about owners of the house and there tragic life history.You also get to see the second floor as well Interesting because on many historic tours first floor only is common. Unlike alot of houses built at this time,this one was done by the rich and has alot of upscale (for the time) pieces in it.Might be dull for children , but more interesting than a average.

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Las Vegas
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful Restored Home”
Reviewed June 26, 2008

We visited the Adam's House in June 2008. The tour guide was wonderful and had so much history on the home. It has all the original furniture in the home with is not very common with older home. Beautiful home and wonderful history on the home. A most if you like to see restored homes and how the rich lived in the day.

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Missouri
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“Don't miss this one even if you don't tour old homes”
Reviewed August 5, 2007

Everything in this elegant old home originally belonged to this home. Lovingly preserved, it is a fascinating piece of history with a fascinating history.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“100% authentic, opulence in the Old West”
Reviewed July 11, 2007

The amazing thing about the Adams House is that everything in it -- down to the tea towels, even -- are original to the house. The story of how that happened is fascinating in itself. The house was built to be impressive and it still is! If you get there a bit early for the tour, you can sit on the big front porch, admire the flowers, and watch the world go by, which it literally does, since the house is at the bottom of the street to the Deadwood Cemetery. I lived just up the hill in grade school, and it is wonderful to see this place open to the public after it was closed up for so many years.

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