Adams House

Adams House, Deadwood: Hours, Address, Adams House Reviews: 4.5/5

Adams House
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
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Laurie Ashley
Hope Mills, NC606 contributions
Lovely, lovely house. Great tour!! Outstanding historic house tour!
Jun. 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed the Adams House. It is interesting and beautiful. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed learning more about the history of Deadwood. There is a small gift shop and clean, comfortable rest rooms. We would definitely return because I can't get enough of these kinds of historic homes. Beautifully furnished, beautiful personal things that belonged to the family. Beautifully restored. Just loved it. Great front porch. Beautiful yard. Just off the edge of town. I do recommend driving there due to it being hilly to get there from town.
Written 14 July 2021
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Relaxgilr
Florida31 contributions
If you like historic homes- Visit Adams House
Jun. 2021
I just love historic homes and Adams House did not disappoint! The guided tour was well timed and really interesting! I had a few questions and the docent was knowledgeable and able to answer them. It was really a terrific tour!
Written 8 July 2021
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PH-Travel-Lovers
Lewis Center, OH549 contributions
A must see if in Deadwood.
Jul. 2021 • Couples
A nice small museum. Plenty of Deadwood and old west history.
No cost to get in but donations are welcome.

They close at 5.

An easy walk from Main Street Deadwood.

3 floors and friendly staff.

We spent an hour at Adams House.

Overall - Fun.
Written 2 July 2021
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Disneybus
Pittsgrove, NJ641 contributions
Great tour - but don't eat the cookies!
Jun. 2021
This was a very interesting tour, not only about the house but of the occupants who passed through. The 45 minute tour was perfect, as our guide was exceptional and well briefed (he could have lived there). The 1892 Queen Anne-style mansion reveals the tragedies and triumphs of two of Deadwood's founding families, including that of W.E. Adams. The house, furnished with all the modern features of its time, updates the Deadwood timeline after the gold rush and the Wild Bill years. After Adams' death in 1934, his second wife Mary - 44 years younger than W.E., shut the house up and let it sit for almost 60 years - preserving history for us! One preserved item is the cookie jar in the kitchen containing cookies made over sixty years ago.
Written 1 July 2021
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jmarqdt
Chicago26 contributions
Must for those who love old home tours.
Jun. 2021 • Family
This tour was amazing. The house is so cool. The tour guide was so knowledgeable. If you enjoy old home tours it’s a must! Not for young kids at all. My teenage girls enjoyed it though.
Written 30 June 2021
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BobMyr
NY402 contributions
Don't miss this if you are visiting Deadwood
Jun. 2021
Don't miss this if you are visiting Deadwood. The house is well-maintained. The interior is phenomenal--so well-restored with original furnishings. Our tour guide clearly loved her work and really added to our enjoyment of the house.
Written 27 June 2021
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mlorahga
Augusta, GA1,474 contributions
Well Worth the Stop
Sep. 2020
Actually missed the tour of the inside but was able to drive by and see the house and grounds. It is conveniently located on the way back from the cemetery.
Written 13 November 2020
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DeadwoodRose1892
Thank you for your very kind review. I hope you can take a tour of the Adams House if and when you come back to Deadwood.
Written 7 June 2021
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Casey M
Savage, MN13 contributions
It's Okay
Oct. 2020
It's a cool tour to learn a little more about the area and the house, but in my opinion a little costly for what it is. The house itself is cool but not that extravagant. Again cool to see but admission should be a little less.
Written 20 October 2020
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DeadwoodRose1892
Thank you for your comments. We appreciate your visit to the Adams House.
Written 7 June 2021
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Ashley M
Tennessee51 contributions
Must see.
Oct. 2020 • Family
We really enjoyed our trip to the Adams museum. This is a must see for anyone visiting Deadwood, especially if you have small children.
Written 18 October 2020
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DeadwoodRose1892
Thank you for your wonderful review for the Adams Museum. It's really great to hear you recommend the museum to anyone visiting Deadwood. We hope you will visit Deadwood again sometime.
Written 20 October 2020
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Vesler
Pflugerville, TX57 contributions
Beautiful Historic Home
Oct. 2020
Beautiful historic home in what used to be a wild part of the country. This one was particularly interesting because most of the furniture and decorations belonged to the various owners of the home.
Written 11 October 2020
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We greatly appreciate your review. Thank you for your kind words about the Adams House and its furnishings.
Written 14 October 2020
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  • Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm