About this listing
This listing is for a reservation in either of the two queen bedrooms on our second floor. Both are cozy rooms with contemporary furniture. Please note that during holiday and event weekends (Rally, KDN, etc), the two bedrooms share the large bathroom.
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 and most prestigious 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 five 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 second-floor bedroom - the old maid's quarters. This room is a little smaller than the other bedrooms in the house, but has a queen-size bed and dresser with mirror. Views are of the historic barn next door and meadow behind the house. The newly renovated bathroom isn't en suite - it's a short walk down the hall - and it has a large clawfoot tub and heated tile floor. Use of this bathroom is reserved only for the guests in the Maid's Room, except during major event weekends (Sturgis Rally, Kool Deadwood Nites, Wild Bill Days, and a few others) when the bathroom will be shared with one other set of guests. If you're not sure whether the weekend you're looking at will be a special event weekend, please get a hold of us ahead of time!
Other bedrooms in the house 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, some 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. The laundry machines are available for your use, upon request.
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.
Deadwood's Presidential District got its name because the streets in the neighborhood are named for every American president from Washington to Lincoln (with two exceptions - if you're traveling with a history buff, challenge them to figure out who they are). It was Deadwood's trendiest neighborhood from the 1890s through the 1920s, and most of the homes here date to that period. It has some of the biggest and best examples of Victorian architecture in the city. Because of the gold mining industry, the homes here were built with the latest technology, including telephones, natural gas, and electricity - newfangled stuff back in the late 19th century. A lot of fancy pants Deadwood residents had homes in this neighborhood, including Seth Bullock - you know, that brooding guy with a gun in the HBO series. Mount Moriah Cemetery is at the very top of the neighborhood, and being the place where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are buried, it gets a lot of tourists. Yes, it's busy, but it's a beautiful cemetery, and it's definitely worth the hike up the hill. Tour buses make frequent trips up and down our street in summer, sometimes stopping out front of our house to let people take picture of the architecture. It's very Truman Show. Main Street is a five-minute walk away, and there are plenty of saloons, restaurants and casinos (the kind with poker, blackjack, keno, roulette, and craps) there.
Public transit in Deadwood is nonexistent, alas. If you visit us, you'll need a car. That said, Deadwood does have a bus system (the Deadwood Trolley) that travels from one end of town to the other, stopping at points of interest every block or so. Rides are a flat $1. Parking in our neighborhood is easy and safe, but gets more complicated the closer you get to Main Street. There's a free public lot at the bottom of our hill, and metered lots (50 cents per hour) closer to town. There's a public garage just off Main Street that charges between $1 and $5, depending on how long you park.
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.ow when you'd like to check in and check out.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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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.