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Review of Adams House

Adams House
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US$10.00*
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Adams House Museum Admission
Ranked #1 of 44 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 20 May 2018

We really enjoyed our stop here when in Deadwood. The house is beautiful and learned some history. Worth the stop!

Thank ladyme1
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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2018

Thank you for your kind words about your tour of the Adams House. Glad you enjoyed it!

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

If u are looking for a history lesson with amazing pictures and a story to tell.. u must stop by admission is donation and a dollar to keep this part of history alive is well worth it.. check out the adams house afterwards..

Thank Mitch R
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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Adams Museum. We are pleased you enjoyed the photographs and the stories that are told in the exhibits. We hope to see you in Deadwood again!

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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.

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Deadwoodrose, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

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 protect the integrity of the collections inside the home. Hopefully we can sell photos in the gift shop for guests in the near future.

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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 out the Adams Museum instead.

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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!

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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 buy your tickets. We were able to get a small discount because we are seniors. The gift shop is expensive as most of them are. Restrooms are located in the gift shop.
My husband and I walked from the Chamber of Commerce. This is a long walk so you might want to park and ride the trolley which will pick you up in front of the Chamber of commerce.

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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 Center (Deadwood Chamber of Commerce) is a good option if you don't want to drive and park. Hopefully you enjoyed the walk. We do appreciate your visit to Deadwood and hope to see you again!

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