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Address: 22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432
Phone Number: +1 605-578-3724
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Historic Adams House was built in 1892 by Deadwood pioneers Harris and...

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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Deadwood’s early cultural time capsule

My wife and I have enjoyed touring historic homes in the cities we’ve visited on our road trip. Homes in small towns often provide very vivid accounts of life more than one... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Milwaukee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have enjoyed touring historic homes in the cities we’ve visited on our road trip. Homes in small towns often provide very vivid accounts of life more than one hundred years ago. The Adams House was no exception. It was quite the place in old Deadwood. The efforts of the original owners to bring civilization to this... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. Your comments about the great story shared by your docent and the difficulties in getting the home built in this area at that time are truly appreciated. And thank you for referring to the Adams House as the REAL gemstone of Deadwood. Happy Holidays to you and yours! More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an interesting place to learn about the history of Deadwood, South Dakota. The museum isn't huge, but it is well-presented, and very educational and informative. The staff is nice, and while they don't charge a formal admission price, they have a suggested donation amount. Worth a stop!

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. You must have visited the Adams Museum, and we are so pleased you enjoyed it. We also appreciate your kind words about the staff. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic place to visit in Deadwood - I love to pretend I live in beautiful old houses and this is my new favorite fantasy!

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for your beautiful review about the Adams House! We hope to see you again. More 

Huntsville, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Wonderful tour of the Franklin - Adams house !! The guide was amazing sharing so much of the house, family and the period of time.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

We truly appreciate your excellent review! Thank you so much for visiting the Adams House and Deadwood. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

The tour guide was a fountain of Deadwood history and very creative about describing the fascinating lives of the original and subsequent families who built and lived in this grand manor. If you are a historical architecture buff, this is a DO NOT MISS!! Each room held breath taking ornamentation and history. I'm so grateful that Deadwood restored this incredible... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review about your tour of the Adams House! We love feedback from our guests, and we are so pleased you enjoyed the fabulous architecture of this lovely home. We also appreciate your positive comments about your docent, the stories about the people who built and lived in the house, and the "breath taking ornamentation and... More 

Finger Lakes, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

This was our next stop after the Adams Museum. Our tour guide, Sue, was excellent as she not only told us a lot of the history of the house, but also the history of the area. This was very informative and helpful to understanding how this area developed. If you only have time for one stop, this is the place... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for writing an excellent review about the Adams House! It's great to hear you enjoyed hearing the history of the home, as well as the history of the area from Sue. She is an wonderful docent, and a great storyteller. More 

Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Last night, I went with my 18yr old grand-daughter and her friend, on the paranormal investigation. I know one of the investigators, and was so excited to do this tour. We were not let down. The staff from the Adams house was on the tour, she was very insightful and informative of the history of the house. The investigators were... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review of your experience with the Paranormal Investigation Tours at the Adams House! These tours are fun and a complete departure from the traditional tour. I'm glad you are interested in coming to see the Adams House during the day, so you can see the true grandeur of this elegant, historic home. We look forward... More 

Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This place is a must in any history buff's travel list. The tour guide was great and you'll be transported back to how glorious it was back in the day. Highly recommended.

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review! We love hearing how much you enjoyed your tour of the Adams House, and truly appreciate your positive comments about the docent. The staff really enjoy talking about the house, its history, and the wonderful stories associated with the home and Deadwood. More 

Spencer, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Wow,, we are empty nesters trading off season to allow more time and a non rush visit to sights. I'm a history buff and this place is off the charts, definite must see. The history is really tied to the area as is the family . Well maintained and the tour guide Steve was friendly and knowledgeable. Traveling off season... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review of the Adams House, Mike. It's great to read comments like yours about the house, as well as about the docent (Steve)! So glad you enjoyed a very personal tour of the home. More 

Robbinsdale, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

So glad we took a moment to tour the Adams House! Our tour guide was phenomenal and we enjoyed hearing about her personal connection with the property. She recalled polishing the silver when she was young! She probably took longer with us because it was just my husband and I, and we were the lucky ones for it! Be sure... More 

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review on the Adams House! It's great to hear that one of our docents has personal stories about the house from her youth to share with our guests. Glad she was able to recommend that you see Dignity, the new sculpture in Chamberlain, on your way back home. We hope to see you in Deadwood... More 

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