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Adams House

22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432
+1 605-578-3724
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Outstanding

The house has been physically restored but it's full of original furniture, household goods and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Zaccarat
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Wellington, New Zealand
via mobile
Booooooooooring

The tour guide was nice and all, but there just isn't much to see here. It's a small old house... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
RoundHereBuzz
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Miami Beach, Florida
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1432
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The house has been physically restored but it's full of original furniture, household goods and personal items of the previous owners. Gorgeous china and glassware, the original ovens from the early 1900s, lovely fireplace surrounds - it doesn't end! This is one of the most...More

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

Thank you for the wonderful comments. We are happy to hear you enjoyed seeing the china, glassware, original ovens, and the fireplaces in the Historic Adams House. And the best part for us was that you found it to be one of the most beautiful...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour guide was nice and all, but there just isn't much to see here. It's a small old house. Congrats. Now you know. Go do something else.

1  Thank RoundHereBuzz
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for making time to visit the Historic Adams House. We are sorry you found the tour of the home boring - it may not be for everybody. We do appreciate your comment about the tour guide being nice.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour was like getting to step back in time and hear the stories this beautiful old home had to tell. Our docent, Robin did a wonderful job of bringing this old home to life. She was full of stories and information and answered all...More

1  Thank Okie_Snowbird
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful review! We appreciate your comments about the beautiful Adams House, and your docent, Robin. Robin does an incredible job sharing the information and stories associated with the house.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Yesterday my family and I went on a tour of the Adams House. It is truly a step back into time. Our tour guide Cheyenne did a fantastic job covering both the history of the house and the history of Deadwood. Lots of good information....More

Thank luckyfitz
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We always appreciate hearing great things about the Historic Adams House. Thank you for your excellent comments about your docent, Cheyenne, and the recommendation for other visitors to tour the house on a traditional tour as well as during our Paranormal Tours in October. We...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This house is so fantastic because the owner basically shut the door and didn't touch it for 50+years - leaving everything in the house. The city of Deadwood now owns it and has done a terrific job of restoring the exterior and cleaning up the...More

Thank Karen K
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your generous review. We appreciate your positive feedback about your tour, as well as your compliments to the city of Deadwood on the restoration and your docent. Thanks for coming to Deadwood. And yes, Mount Moriah Cemetery is also a must-see while...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have visited both the Adams Museum and the Adams House, and although I recommend both, the Adams House is my favorite. Beautiful Victorian home with so many of its original furnishings and household items -it's fascinating to see! From our tour we learned that...More

Thank misty_bee_Wyo
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful review of the Adams House. Comments from our visitors mean a great deal to us. So glad you enjoyed the tour and the the furnishings in the home. We appreciate your visit to Deadwood.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It was unexpected to find such a great looking old mansion in Deadwood. The furnishings have been very well maintained, and are nice examples of life a hundred years ago. Amazing that among Italian marble sinks and imported tile, the sitting room's mantel was ordered...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to the Historic Adams House. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour of this beautiful home and its furnishings. As you probably know, the photography policy was created to protect the collections...More

Reviewed 18 May 2017

The tour was truly a step back in time. So interesting to see how the well to do lived in the past. Our tour guide was very informative. I almost felt as if I was watching the Adams' go about their daily routine.More

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DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thank you for your generous review of the Historic Adams House. We appreciate your positive feedback about the tour and your docent. And we are really pleased to know you kind of felt like you were watching the Adams family go about their daily life...More

Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Beautiful house with a very informational tour. The furnishings were all period correct and tour guide was fabulous.

Thank rachelcrist
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you found the Adams House beautiful and the tour informative. Your comments about the furnishings and your fabulous tour guide are truly appreciated. We hope to see you in Deadwood again!

Reviewed 7 May 2017

Six of us were on vacation in the Black Hills, so the Adams Museum is a must. Lots of history here relating to the Gold Rush, mining, Wild Bill Hickok, etc. There is no charge but donations are expected and it’s well worth your time...More

Thank 7bogey7
DeadwoodRose1892, Public Relations Manager at Adams House, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Thank you for your very kind review of the Adams Museum. Thank you for taking the time to visit our museum while you were in Deadwood.

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tykadero
I enjoyed the tour so much. Our tour guide told us the type of tile around the fireplace in the first sitting room. I can't remember what kind he said it was. Can you tell me. I loved it!
18 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
What will your hours be for Memorial Day Weekend?
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
What is the cost to tour this home?
14 April 2017|
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Response from DeadwoodRose1892 | Property representative |
Hello, $10 per adult is correct. Thanks to all who answered this question over the weekend!
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