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Adams House

22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432
+1 605-578-3724
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This Place Could be Haunted

When you look at the old pictures, before the Deadwood Historical Society took it back. The tour... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Trevor D
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Calgary, Canada
Very informative!

Ian was very professional and informative in explaining the history of the house. He took as much... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Linda A
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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.
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22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432
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Reviewed 5 days ago

When you look at the old pictures, before the Deadwood Historical Society took it back. The tour is wonderful. The guide really knew her stuff and encouraged questions. Enjoy.

Thank Trevor D
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of the Adams House. We also appreciate your nice comments about the tour guide. We hope to see you in Deadwood again!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ian was very professional and informative in explaining the history of the house. He took as much time needed to answer the number of questions asked by me an the other members of this tour. A very good presentation and well worth the time.

Thank Linda A
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We always appreciate hearing great things about the Adams House. Thank you for your wonderful feedback about your tour and Ian. He is an excellent guide, and we are proud to have him on staff.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nicely restored home. Great way to learn about 2 families who were instrumental in the growth of Deadwood. The guide was well informed. We enjoyed our visit.

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

Thank you for visiting the Adams House. We are pleased you enjoyed your tour and learned more about Deadwood's great history.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ian was the most knowledgeable tour guide! He knew everything, every question I had, he knew the answer. I learned so much about the Adams House and history of the people who lived in it. This was the most interesting tour I have taken!

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

Thank you for writing a stellar review about your tour of the Adams House with Ian. Ian is a great asset on staff, and we are pleased he answered all of your questions.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The story of the owners and antique furnishings was very intersting. The guide was very knowledgeable. They do have tours set at certain times so its good to arrive at the beginning of one.

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

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback about the Adams House, as well as your great comments about the tour guide. We appreciate that you including us in your Deadwood itinerary!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the tour of the Adams House and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our tour guide, Robin, was excellent. She didn't rush, gave lots of interesting history about the house and the families who once occupied it, and was considerate of a lady using a cane to...More

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

Thank you so much for your great review of the Adams House. We appreciate your gracious comments about the tour, and most especially, Robin as your tour guide. And it's really good to hear that you were pleasantly surprised! We hope you will make another...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a great and informative tour with Ian on Sunday. Interesting glimpse into late 19th century life.

Thank Paul5456
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for writing a great review about the Adams House. We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour with Ian.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely stunning even still today. Must see while in Deadwood. Many different tours available. Paranormal tour in October! Great for families, couples or going solo.

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

Thank you for your excellent feedback about your tour of the Adams House. And we hope to see you again in October for the Paranormal Investigation Tours!

Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Very interesting. The house was very nice and well kept. The guide was very informative and knew a lot. Recommend this to anyone interested in history.

Thank snoopygirl74
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for choosing to visit the Adams House. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the time you spent with us. We hope you'll visit Deadwood again!

Reviewed 16 June 2017

This was a wonderful museum. We learned so much history on the town as well. A little slow for our 5 & 7 year old, but they did fine through it.

Thank calliec22
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for coming to the Adams House in Deadwood. We appreciate your feedback.

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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
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Hello, $10 per adult is correct. Thanks to all who answered this question over the weekend!
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