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Woodruff-Fontaine House

680 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105 (Midtown)
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Ranked #26 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
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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312 reviews 312 reviews
131 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
40 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
56 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 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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152 reviews 152 reviews
80 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Memphis, Tennessee
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64 reviews 64 reviews
34 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

If you love architecture and history you would definitely be in the right place to visit a great example of the life for the more affluent Memphis family during the turn of the century. Been there many times and especially love the Christmas displays.

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Toledo, Ohio
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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

...if you have never been in a victorian home, then this will be worthwhile; It is a gorgeous home, don't get me wrong! If you have experienced a victorian home before, choose to spend you money elsewhere. The day we attended the attraction was under staffed, therefore the entry fee was just that - an entry fee. A more in... More

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