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“A gem!”
Review of Adams House

Adams House
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US$10.00*
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Adams House Museum Admission
Ranked #1 of 31 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.
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 Adams house has been preserved and restored with care.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 that most of the furniture is original and you have a spectacular and historic home.

Take your time, enjoy your visit and as you go through, give thanks that it is still here.

On a note of information" Parking is in front on the street.

2nd note of information " Photos are not permitted inside the house.

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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.

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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!

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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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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.

Thank Becky G
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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 House the next time you are in Deadwood. Our summer hours are 9AM - 5PM (May-September).

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