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Woodruff-Fontaine House

680 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105 (Midtown)
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Ranked #24 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We were given a guided tour as a group of 4. The house was quiet with only one other family group there just before us. We were able to go inside the roped-off rooms and it really felt like we had a 'backstage pass' for viewing the beautiful artefacts and treasures that this house has to offer. The staff could... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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209 reviews 209 reviews
21 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We decided to come for a tour after breakfast one day, when the forecast showed nothing but rain. We took our tour with Rosemary, who was very knowledgable and funny. The house has almost none of the original furnishings, but they've done such a good job decorating the rooms, that you really wouldn't know they were donations. The house has... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Ingram, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
37 helpful votes 37 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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216 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
43 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
150 helpful votes 150 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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