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Historic Adams House

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.

Influential business leaders of Deadwood often gathered for dinner in the Adams House dining room to enjoy an evening meal and discuss the day’s current events. Guests would be treated to fine dining on a table set with monogrammed silverware, 18-karat gold charger plates, and crystal wine glasses. The food was superior, the room was opulent, and the conversations were lively. It was a grand way to pass the evening.

It has been said the parlor was the most important room in any Victorian home. The parlor at the Historic Adams House was no exception. With a cozy fireplace, a beautifully sturdy upright piano, and a Victrola that played all genre of recordings, the parlor assured that guests were surrounded by the best when they called upon the occupants of this lovely home.

Hours of Operation

The Historic Adams House will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hours of operation on Saturday and Sunday are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Historic Adams House will be closed November through March, but will open for group tours with advance reservations.

22 Van Buren
Deadwood, SD 57732

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