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Adams House

22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432
+1 605-578-3724
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Adams House Museum Admission
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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.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“our tour guide” (40 reviews)
“beautiful house” (14 reviews)
“old house” (10 reviews)
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LOCATION
22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432
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"our tour guide"
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"beautiful house"
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"cookie jar"
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"bed and breakfast"
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"original furnishings"
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"great tour"
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"take photos"
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"interesting history"
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"step back in time"
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"deadwood history"
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"piece of history"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a great tour! The house is amazing from the outside, but the original furnishings they have on the inside is unreal! They have done an excellent job restoring this place, but still keeping the original feel of the house. The guide is very...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This historic Victorian home can be reached by the trolley or you can drive to it and park on the street. Admission is $10/adult, $5 age 15-5. The tour takes 30-40 minutes. This is a beautiful house with original furnishings which is rare especially since...More

Thank pasherry
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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for writing an excellent review about your tour of the Adams House. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the house, its furnishings, and the stories that are shared by the tour guide. I'm glad the tour guide shared his version of the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing gem off the beaten path. This is a short tour through a 19th-century Victorian house. For the time (and even now), it was an incredible display of opulence, wealth, and all the comforts of then-modern technology. What is truly mind-boggling is how...More

Thank Lisa J
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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your very kind review and recommendation to visit the Adams House. We are pleased you enjoyed seeing the technology and comforts from the 1890s through the early part of the twentieth century. Yes how everything was imported for the house during that...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a house well beyond it's time period. Lots of history within these walls and a great story to hear. Beautiful and within walking distance of Historic Deadwood. Our guide was really knowledgeable on the house.More

Thank smalltownNorthDakota
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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting the Adams House. We are so glad you enjoyed your tour. Your comments about the history, the stories, and the ease of getting to the house are deeply appreciated. We also appreciate your wonderful feedback about your tour guide. Thanks for...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting tour of a pristine old home. Unlike most historic homes, most everything inside is original to the home, which perhaps sets this tour apart from other. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank john127
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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your excellent comments about the Adams House! We are so glad you had time to visit while you were in Deadwood.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the guided tour of the home, guide was very knowledgeable and answered all the our questions. The house is beautifully restored. Check for coupons before you go! On street parking is limited but seemed to be enough. I walked from our rental on Monroe...More

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review of the Adams House. So pleased you enjoyed the tour of the house, and that your tour guide was knowledgeable and answered all of your questions. We hope you will visit Deadwood again!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you like old houses like I do, this one is great! The original furnishings are all on display. And the history of the owners is so interesting. The docent was very knowledgeable, and she offered lots of tidbits about the furnishings, artifacts, and lives...More

Thank Martha F
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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review of the Adams House. We are so pleased you enjoyed the tour, the preservation of the home, the furnishings and artifacts, and the stories about the owners from your knowledgeable docent. We appreciate your great comments and hope you...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Adams House is one of the must see destinations if you come to Deadwood. Especially if you are a history buff. We started in the gift shop while were waiting for our tour to begin. Keenan was super helpful in helping us pick out...More

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for writing an stunning review about the Adams House. We truly appreciate your comments about Keenan and how helpful he was to you in the gift shop. It's great to hear you enjoyed your tour with Bonnie and learned a great deal about...More

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Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the tour of this lovely house quite a bit. Our docent, Siamara, was very poised and knowledgeable. The antiques within he home were beautiful. Worth the visit!

Thank Angie R
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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful comments. We always appreciate hearing great things about the Adams House tour and especially the tour guides. So glad you enjoyed your time with Samara! She is lovely and very bright.

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Reviewed 14 July 2018

This was a great way to learn about some Deadwood history as well as see this historic home. Just don't eat the 80 year old cookies!

Thank Lynndzr
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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your amazing review of the Adams House! Yes, the cookies are off limits. Probably not very tasty after 80 plus years. We appreciate your visit!

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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 ssiefford | Reviewed this property |
sorry, we didn't take a tour, but we ate there. Very good food.
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