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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.

Christmas Tours of the Historic Adams House:  November 24-26, December 1-3, 8-10, and 15-17. The historic home will be elegantly dressed during the Christmas season. The open house-style tour will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A kid-friendly scavenger hunt with a prize will be available for children.  Unique gifts are available for purchase in the Adams House Gift Shop.  Tickets are $8 for members and $12 for non-members, $5 for children 6 – 12, and free to children 5 and under.  General admission tickets can be purchased online at DeadwoodHistory.com or at the door.  For more information please call 605-722-4800.

Hours of Operation

October & April: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  Last tour at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday

November through March: Closed, but will be open for Christmas Tours in December and group tours with advance reservations.

May through September: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the last tour at 4:00 p.m.


22 Van Buren
Deadwood, SD 57732

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