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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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22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

I can't give a accurate review because when we got there it was already closed. We have a friend who's last name is Adams and took pictures of it for them.More

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

So sorry to hear you missed the last tour of the day, but we are pleased you took photos of the exterior of the home for your friend whose last name is Adams. We hope you will stop by for a tour of the Adams...More

Reviewed 17 September 2017

It is well worth it to take a tour of this Beautiful home. Our guide was very Knowledgeable. We were not able to take photos though.More

Thank winjhuisman H
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Adams House in Deadwood. So glad you enjoyed the tour and tour guide. So sorry about the policy not to allow photographs in this particular museum. Please feel free to email me, and...More

Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Pretty unique to have a home that is a time capsule. They reviewed the history of the home and families. Much of the furnishings and more have been preserved. The city put over $1 million to restore the home and it shows. Good price for...More

1  Thank Dave E
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you for your kind review of the Adams House. We appreciate your visit to Deadwood and hope to see you again.

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Our tour guide seemed knowledgeable, but not a great speaker. The seemed well restored considering it was once used as a bed and breakfast.More

2  Thank johnwd98
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

We appreciate your feedback about your tour of the Adams House. We are sorry your docent was not the best speaker, but was knowledgeable about the home. It was probably a newly trained tour guide, so we hope you might visit us again the next...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Great house with all the original furnishings! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and conducted a super tour of the house.

1  Thank Mary Ann N
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Thank you for your excellent review of the Adams House. We are very pleased you enjoyed the tour, as well as the docent giving the tour. We do hope to see you in Deadwood again!

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed the tour of this home greatly. Bonnie was our guide and was very knowledgeable about its history. Lots of insight into the family's that had lived there. Home is gorgeous and well maintained in as close to original condition as...More

Thank Claudia T
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Adams House. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the time you spent with Bonnie, and we appreciate your great comments about the tour and the home itself. We hope you'll visit Deadwood again!

Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

If you have an appreciation for old houses, architecture, period decor, and some prominent Deadwood family histories from the early 1900's, then this tour is for you. The tour took about an hour and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and open to the many...More

Thank brea92
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Thank you for your great review! We truly appreciate your visit to Deadwood and the Adams House. We are pleased you enjoyed the history, stories, furnishings, and architecture of this incredible home.

Reviewed 24 August 2017

This is a house restored to it original charm. It was a very modern home for it's time. Guided tours, depending on guide can be a little boring.

Thank chawni
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to tour the Adams House in Deadwood. We are deeply sorry to hear that your docent may have been a little boring. We do appreciate your visit to Deadwood and the Deadwood History museums.

Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

I have been to a fair amount of house museums in my time, and I really enjoyed how much this mansion pays attention to historical and original detail! It is called the Adams house for its third prominent owner, but the original man who built...More

Thank Anthony P
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Thank you so much for your very nice and thorough review of the Adams House. It's great to hear the docent made the tour fun, interesting, and was able to answer any of the questions asked. I certainly understand why visitors would like to take...More

Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Great tour, guide is very knowledgeable about the history of the house and its residents. Unfortunately they don't allow photographs, I would have like to take some of the excellent architecture.More

Thank Roger W
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thank you for your kind comments about your recent tour of the Adams House. The reason we do not allow photographs inside this particular museum is simply to preserve the artifacts, which are out in the open and not protected by any type of glass...More

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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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