The SpaceWe have several rooms available in our historic 1899 Queen Anne home in Deadwood, South Dakota. 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 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 1899 by H.B. Wardman, a Deadwood businessman 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 the home's music conservatory on the third floor. It's a fairly large, recently refinished bedroom with private en suite bath. It's a good climb up two flights of stairs, but the view out the windows over the neighborhood and toward the surrounding hills is worth it. There's one king bed in this space, plus two dressers and a large-screen television with cable and Roku. Other bedrooms are available as their own Airbnb listing.
Please note that as of November 1, this bedroom will have a queen bed instead of a king bed. If you're interested in a king bed, please look for the listing for the Attic Suite (available to start booking in November).
Full disclosure: the house is in the process of being restored, and some areas of the house aren't fully fixed yet. There are several unpainted walls, a few unfinished pieces of trim, and the kitchen is straight out of the 1970s. There's also a renovation project on the third floor through November 2015, and although loud work is limited to between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., there will be some extra foot traffic in and out of the house. If you don't mind a few rough spots, it's a beautiful historic home to stay in.
Because it's an old neighborhood with limited space, parking can be tricky. There are usually plenty of on-street spaces nearby, however, as long as you don't mind parking on a bit of a hill. Guest AccessIn 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 GuestsWe'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. The NeighborhoodDeadwood'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. Getting AroundPublic 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 NoteBreakfast is NOT included with your Airbnb reservation, but we do have plenty of coffee, tea and fruit available gratis. Hot breakfast is available to add to your stay during the summer (usually May - September) for a small extra charge. If you're interested and we don't remember to offer, please ask!