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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

We did this tour back in August whilst staying in Deadwood. We walked to it from the town centre which took 20 minutes for so. It was an interesting tour, was disappointed that we where unable to take photos inside the house.More

Thank Di-Roth
Deadwoodrose, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review. We do appreciate your feedback. We get several comments a year about visitors being disappointed about not being able to take photographs inside the house. We are trying to do something about this in 2018, while still trying to...More

Reviewed 19 October 2017

I've been to similar tours of Victorian homes, so I'd say if you really like that sort of thing, go for it. If you want more of the history of Deadwood, rather than just of the house itself and the families that owned it, check...More

Thank Lisa S
Deadwoodrose, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you so much for your review and feedback about the Adams House. We appreciate your time in Deadwood!

Reviewed 13 October 2017

Our tour took less than an hour. There was only 4 of us and the guide. We enjoyed the story behind the house. If you like to visit older homes than you will love this one. There is a gift shop which is were you...More

Thank Judy C
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Thank you for visiting the Adams House. We are pleased you enjoyed your tour and the stories behind the house. We are sorry to hear you found the gift shop expensive. It is more boutique style. And yes, taking the trolley from the Deadwood Welcome...More

Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

We visited the Adams house today and took the tour. We had a great tour guide and learned a lot! It’s an amazingly beautiful home inside with loving energy! Definitely a must while visiting Deadwood!

Thank LoveBug41
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Thank you so much for your exceptional review of the Adams House. We loved your comments about your tour guide and the tour of this beautiful home. We appreciate your visit to Deadwood.

Reviewed 8 October 2017

Staff and tour was very informative and interesting providing a history of the house and former owners of the house. It was worth the 10.00 fee.

Thank Dave7696
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Thank you for providing feedback about your tour of the Adams House. We are truly pleased you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 8 October 2017

The house is beautiful! Intricate marble sinks and the wall stenciling is breathtaking! So much pride in the work that went into this house!

Thank 624deannaj
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Thank you for taking time to write a wonderful review about the Adams House! We appreciate your positive comments about the marble sinks and wall stenciling. It's so great to hear that you enjoyed the tour.

Reviewed 7 October 2017

We wanted to visit the Adams House in our last visit in 2015, but ran out of time. We made sure to make more time for the tour and it was worth it. We learned more about Deadwood and the citizens who lived there. The...More

1  Thank MNgirl3309
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Thank you for your excellent review! We are so pleased you had time to visit the Adams House on your most recent trip to Deadwood and hope to see you again.

Reviewed 1 October 2017

It was a very informative tour of a house with much history! It was guided by 2 ladies very informed of the history, and were very polite. We had a great time.

Thank Molli G
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

What a wonderful review! Thank you for visiting the Adams House and Deadwood.

Reviewed 29 September 2017

I read the one terrible review and wondered if the individual had visited the same house that I did. To have this magnificent home lay undisturbed for 51 years, the contents intact and no sign of vandalism just boggles the mind. Add in the fact...More

Thank Paul G
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Thank you for writing a fantastic review about the Adams House. We are so pleased you enjoyed this magnificent historic home. We hope to see you in Deadwood again! We are so grateful the house withstood time and was restored to its original grandeur.

Reviewed 27 September 2017

Had a great host and it was worth the hour it took to tour. Can't believe that most of the things withstood the test of time and not thrown out in the years it stood empty!! Somebody was smart!

Thank Andi J
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2017

We greatly appreciate your kind words about your tour of the Adams House. We, too, are grateful the furnishings were protected and preserved throughout the years, so we can share the stories of the three families who lived in this magnificent home.

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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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Response from DeadwoodRose1892 | Property representative |
Hello, $10 per adult is correct. Thanks to all who answered this question over the weekend!
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