Four things to know about the historic Adams House Christmas Tours

Adams House Christmas Tours1DEADWOOD, S.D. – With Christmas music echoing off the walls and lights shining in every room, the historic Adams House Christmas Tours are fun to experience with the whole family this December. The tours are a chance for anyone to get into the festive holiday spirit, while also learning more about Deadwood’s history.

Here are a few things to know about the Christmas Tours at the historic Adams House.

Times for the Christmas Tours at the Adams House:

The Christmas Tours will be happening from 1-5 p.m. for two weekends.

  • Sunday, Dec. 11
  • Saturday, Dec. 17
  • Sunday, Dec. 18

How much are the tickets?

If you are a member of Deadwood History Inc., tickets are $10. The tickets are $15 for non-members.

For kids ages 6-12, tickets are $5 and children 5-years-old or younger are free. You can either buy your tickets online here or at the gift shop at the side of the house.

Photos of what you can see at the historical Adams House Christmas Tour:

Why people should visit:

“It’s just a completely different way to see the historical Adams House. And you get to do this tour self-guided, which is the only time of year we allow that,” Rose Speirs, communications director of Deadwood History, Inc., said. “We have staff on both floors, but you get to see the house on your own timeline. Ask the questions you want to ask and go through it as quickly or as slowly as you’d like to do that. Plus, it’s just spectacularly beautiful and it’s just nice to see all the care that went into all the decorating.”

Short history of the Adams House:

The Adams House was built by Harris Franklin in 1892. The house had running water, radiant heat, telephone service and indoor plumbing all during that time, which was “state of the art” at that time.

The house got its name when W.E. (William Emery) Adams bought the hours in 1920 from Harris’s son, Nathan. Adam’s second wife, Mary, locked up the house after 1934, after his death, which left everything in good condition.

The home was bought by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission in 1992 and was resorted as a house museum in 2000.

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