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Woodruff-Fontaine House

680 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105 (Midtown)
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Ranked #25 of 86 attractions in Memphis
Type: Architectural Buildings
Description: An elegant, 16-room mansion built in 1870 and featuring period furnishings and mannequins displaying the fashions of the era.
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English first
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We visited the Woodruff-Fontaine House on our last day in Memphis. I wish we would have gone there first because the historical information we learned there really showed us what Memphis was like after it was chartered. It also explained how the city was affected by Yellow Fever outbreaks - the worse being in 1878. Thousands died - many of... More

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Little Rock
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Woodruff-Fontaine House is a beautiful place. The interior of the home has so much history. The furnishings are fabulous. The garden and grounds are beautifully maintained. A must see in Memphis!

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

After seeing this historic house featured on a recent episode of Ghost Hunters, and being West TN residents, we decided we wanted to tour it. We have toured many historic homes throughout the South and this one has some of the finest mouldings and details we have seen. However, the tour staff leaves much to be desired. We were greeted... More

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New Braunfels, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We had a great tour with Jake (I think). He was wonderful and went out of his way to not only explain the stuff in the house and the family, but show their archives of dresses to my 4 year old daughter. This stop was one of the highlights of our Memphis trip.

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Augusta, GA
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425 reviews 425 reviews
189 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The home is beautiful and full of gorgeous antiques and interesting equipment. It is not completely finished being renovated. We were here on a cold, gray day, so it was a little depressing, but our guide told us the gardens are being put in in the back and they will give the place a facelift. Our guide was very frail... More

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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86 reviews 86 reviews
42 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Whilst to us (being from the UK) this is not a particularly old house, we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our guide was very informative and we thought the house had a really comfy atmosphere Don't think it would hold a great deal of interest for children but very good for adults.

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Lexington, TN
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96 reviews 96 reviews
63 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Our family loves old homes, not just the architecture, the antiques, and the fascinating glimpse into another time and way of life but the stories of the people and of the cities. We have been in everything from log cabins and colonials to Victorians and antebellum homes and never tire of a good tour and this one was. We were... More

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Sycamore, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This house has a very colorful history and was a great stop on our tour of Memphis! The tour was thorough, though I would have liked more time to look at the stuff!

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Melbourne, Australia
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169 reviews 169 reviews
90 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Whilst 2 of the other historic houses in Memphis, Magevney & Mallory-Neely are presently closed because of budget cuts, this is probably the best of the 3. Entry is from the rear where the kitchen has been turned into a small administration area. After being shown features of the kitchen, unusually attached for a Victorian house our guide took us... More

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Burlington, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

If you love history and architecture, this is a must. Southern charm and hospitality permeate every corner of this beautiful old building/homestead. When we visited, there was a seasonal wedding dress display - what a wonderful idea! It transports you back in time. Well worth the very small tour price!

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