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Adams House

22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432
+1 605-578-3724
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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.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful house” (13 reviews)
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LOCATION
22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a nice home to visit. There is so much history. The tour guide was very informative. He knew all the interesting facts about the families and their past. If you enjoy history and homes enjoy this one.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very nice tour glad we stopped. We were a little disappointed as to how much casino industry has taken over town. This experience was still about the original town.

Thank razzette61
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Deadwoodrose, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review of the Adams House. We are so pleased you liked the tour!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Stephanie was our guide. She was very knowledgeable and responsive to our group's questions and needs.

Thank Heidi B
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Deadwoodrose, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your wonderful comments about the tour and your tour guide. We truly appreciate hearing great things about the Adams House!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was one of my favorite attractions in Deadwood. The house has been beautifully maintained. The guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the home, the different owners and the history of Deadwood. I highly encourage you to visit it!

Thank bobca1947
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Deadwoodrose, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We appreciate your great comments about the Adams House, its history, and your tour guide. Thank you for a great recommendation! We hope to see you in Deadwood again.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Touring the Adams Home is a great way to experience Deadwood’s history first hand. The home is beautifully maintained, and the tours offer interesting insight to the families who lived in the home as well as information about Deadwood’s past.

Thank Mbailey2
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Deadwoodrose, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We greatly appreciate your kind words about the Adams House. It's great to hear you found the home beautifully maintained, the tour interesting, and that you received more information about Deadwood's past during the tour.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited the Adams House and had a very nice tour. The house is beautiful. it is a fast tour but detailed. worth a visit!

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Deadwoodrose, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We appreciate your visit to the Adams House. We are pleased you found the house beautiful and worth the visit. Thank you!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a nice tour of this fine old Victorian house. Very interesting history of the owners and occupants of the house. Lots of details were pointed out during the tour. The site is clean and well kept. The restoration work is excellent. The tour guide...More

Thank Johnny J
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Deadwoodrose, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review of the Adams House. It's good to hear you found the history interesting and the restoration of this historic home to be excellent. We also appreciate your nice comments about the tour guide.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love a good house museum (as someone who's written about historic house features for work) and really treasured my visit to this one because you're not allowed to take any photos inside. That made me savor every little detail I saw inside the house...More

Thank ElizabethLilly
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Deadwoodrose, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your beautiful review of the Adams House. We are pleased you thoroughly enjoyed the house, its architectural elements and artifacts, as well as the tour guide. Many people who have toured the house say they have had some type of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm glad we stopped here. It's a perfectly preserved time capsule from a fascinating historical period. Beautiful furniture and intriguing household items. The tour wasn't too long (45 min) and offered an interesting glimpse into the past. To be honest we came here because we...More

Thank Cliffy28
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Deadwoodrose, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review about your tour of the Adams House. Glad you are interested in the haunted history and had a fun time touring the home. We hope to see you again. If you are ever in...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This house was built first class for the day. Very nice guide and shady porch for a rest. Not on trolly rote but not far.

Thank nmscooterman
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Deadwoodrose, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful feedback about the Adams House, tour guide, and of course the shady porch! The Adams House is not on the official trolley route, but they will drop off passengers if they make the request to the driver.

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tykadero
19 June 2017|
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Response from tykadero | Reviewed this property |
I thought the tour guide said it was a kind of tile. I remember he said it was fired twice to give it the look it had.
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Jamie D
24 April 2017|
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Response from DeadwoodRose1892 | Property representative |
Hello, Jamie May - September we are open daily from 9 AM - 5 PM. We hope to see you on Memorial Day weekend! Thank you, Rose
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tsmith872017
15 April 2017|
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Hello, $10 per adult is correct. Thanks to all who answered this question over the weekend!
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