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Address: 22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432
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+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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Adams House

The tour guide was excellent, and knew about every detail on the house and could answer any questions the tour group had. She gets a thumbs up. The house was well preserved, and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jacob_riedle
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Vandalia, Illinois
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Vandalia, Illinois
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour guide was excellent, and knew about every detail on the house and could answer any questions the tour group had. She gets a thumbs up. The house was well preserved, and took you in time from when the first few families were living in it. The families themselves had an interesting and at times tragic history that added... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Historic Adams House. We are pleased you enjoyed your tour and especially your docent. Thanks for giving the Adams House a chance, and listening to the stories about the people who lived in the home. Families who helped shape Deadwood into a prosperous and thriving business community. More 

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52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

One of the most intriguing things about this house is the story behind it. The tragedy that the owner endured in his life was heart breaking. Add in the fact that his widow sealed up the house and only visited for one week a year (for decades), made this house like a time capsule. The house fell into disrepair, but... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your tour of the Historic Adams House - so glad you enjoyed it. The story behind the house is powerful and tragic, and thank goodness there were some happy times in this beautiful home as well. We hope to see you in Deadwood again! More 

Regina, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

This is a stunning piece of history in Deadwood. Guided tours are provided and the guides give you hood insight and information on the history of the house and the town. Tours are about an hour long. The house is set up like it originally was with all of the old possessions of the Adams family set out. A truly... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Adams House. Your positive comments are deeply appreciated. The tour maximum is generally 45 minutes. The historic home reopens for the season on April 1 (Tuesday - Saturday). We hope you will visit Deadwood again soon. More 

Ellsworth AFB, SD
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Our family tours house museums across the US. This is one of the best house museums we've ever visited. It's unusual in that the original furnishings have been kept with the house because it was owned by one individual for several decades who let the house sit unoccupied for several decades. It's unusual because it has had minimal changes since... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Adams House. We are pleased your family enjoys touring house museums, and that the Historic Adams House is one of the best that you've visited. Again, we appreciate your time in Deadwood and hope to see you again. More 

Fairbury, Nebraska
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This was a very nice restaurant . Old antique look,redone older house, bed and breakfast look. Served the best food! It was a great place to meet some friends and eat and visit for as long as you like. very friendly people.

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

Glad you enjoyed your visit to Deadwood! I'm not sure which restaurant you were at, but we are happy you were pleased. The Adams House is open for tours April - October. Thanks again. More 

Milwaukee
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112 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

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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46 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016

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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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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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 

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