About this listing
The only guestroom on the first floor, our Old Library is furnished with a queen bed and antique walnut furniture. True to its name, it also features a large collection of antique books. The bathroom has a pull-chain toilet and jetted bathtub.
Our historic 1899 Queen Anne home in Deadwood, South Dakota runs as a full-service bed and breakfast during the summer, and as a house we're happy to share with guests during the winter.
The house is in the Presidential District (all the streets in the neighborhood are named after American presidents), which is one of the oldest quarters in the city. No more than a five-minute walk from the important stuff, including the casinos and historic buildings on Main Street, the Adams Museum and the Mickelson Trail. The Adams House is just five houses over (you can catch the Deadwood trolley there), and Mount Moriah Cemetery, the final resting place of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, is a few minutes walk to the top of our hill.
The home itself is one of the biggest Victorians built in Deadwood, with six bedrooms and four bathrooms. It has original woodwork and stained glass, but the plumbing and heating are all (thankfully) new. It was constructed in by H.B. Wardman, one of those rich-but-never-famous Deadwood businessmen who was mayor of the town in the 1920s. The house still has a lot of the original fixtures and 19th century technology (call bells, gas lighting fixtures, etc.).
This listing is for our first-floor bedroom, which was the home's original library. We've moved our library to the second-floor for now, and opened this room up to guests. It has an en suite private bath with jetted tub/shower, with a separate water closet with pull-chain toilet. The room has just been re-furnished with a three-piece walnut bedroom set from the 1870s: there's a queen bed, plus a dresser and a washstand with marble tops. It also has a nine-foot tall barrister bookcase with antique books (and a few other objects). Other bedrooms are available as their own Airbnb listing.
Full disclosure: the house is in the process of being restored, and some areas of the house aren't fully fixed yet. Expect some unpainted walls, a few pieces of unfinished trim, and a kitchen straight out of the 1970s.
Because it's an old neighborhood with limited space, parking can be tricky. There may be a small space available on the street; if not, there's a free city parking lot that's a three-minute walk down the hill.
In addition to your room, most of the first floor is common space. There are two sitting rooms - one with a large-screen TV, one with a gas fireplace - and a formal dining room with a large oak table. There are also two covered porches with seating areas and a small patio with outdoor dining table.
Interaction with guests
We're a very low-key place. We love chatting with guests, but being introverts, we also know that some guests really prefer their privacy. If you'd rather be in your quiet space by yourself, no problem! If, on the other hand, you'd like to chat about Deadwood history and play a game of Settlers of Catan with us, we're usually on board with that, too.
Other things to note
Breakfast is provided during the summer months, June 1 through September 30, and during special events in the winter (New Year's weekend, Valentine's weekend, Mardi Gras weekend, St. Pat's weekend). Winter reservations (October 1 through May 31) do not include breakfast, though hot coffee and tea are always available. We can often arrange for breakfast during the winter for an extra fee. Please send us a note if you'd like more information!
Check-in is officially between 4pm and 10pm, and check-out is 11am. We're really flexible, though - if you'd like to check in earlier, just let us know. If your room isn't ready yet, we're happy to store your things and help you plan your day in Deadwood. If you'd like to check in later, let us know that too. If your arrival is will be after our bedtime, we're happy to work out a way for you to show yourself in.
You're welcome to come and go from the house as you please, but we ask guests to keep noise to a minimum after 10pm.
There are designated smoking spaces outdoors. Please do not use the planters as ash trays.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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Ad guy, retired travel writer, and Futurama aficionado. Married to hot archeologist. Benevolent overlord at TDG Communications, a PR & ad agency in Deadwood, South Dakota.
My wife and I moved into our house in 2010, after the home had been foreclosed on and left vacant for about three years. We've gotten the major stuff taken care of (roof, foundation, plumbing), and now we've moved on to the fun stuff: trim, stained glass, lighting and the like. Five years down, 15 more to go.
Since we have this giant house and it's just the two of us (and the cats), we figure we should share the extra space. We started hosting on AirBnB in 2010, and in 2012 we became officially licensed as a Bed & Breakfast. We love giving visitors a place to stay that has the character to match the history and legends that Deadwood is known for.