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“Woodruff-Fontaine House” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Victorian Village Historic District

Victorian Village Historic District
Between East Parkway and North Manassas St, Memphis, TN 38105
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Ranked #53 of 76 Attractions in Memphis
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Woodruff-Fontaine House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

the Woodruff-Fontaine House is a historic building constructed in 1871 on what was once "Millionaire's Row". It is located at 680 Adams Avenue and operated for tours, luncheons, weddings, and as a gift shop. The museum curator A.J. gives an enthusiastic tour that is informative and fun. The house itself is beautiful and the pieces on display reflect the period, many antiques that belonged to the previous families that live there. The decorating theme throughout the house changes with the seasons so you can go several times throughout the year and always learn something new.

Visited October 2011
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Indianapolis, Indiana
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Don't go right before they close! Disappointed.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2010

When we arrived at the W-F House and found the two female "workers/volunteers" locking up for the day. It was 3:25pm. We asked if they were closing early today and we were told that if no one rings the bell by 3:30 pm, they go ahead and leave.

We told them our plight, that we wanted to take the tour as this was our last day in Memphis.

One of the women convinced the other to allow us to take the tour and we all hurried into the house.

How lucky, we thought, to be able to tour the house. However, the way we were treated certainly darkened our visit.

The younger of the women took our money, coldly, without any conversation. The tension could be feltWe were to be given the tour from the older woman, who kept complaining that she was going to have to turn all the lights back on. I understood how she must have felt, to give another tour to another group of tourists. It must have been annoying to her, as she was planning to leave early that day. However, we paid our fee and felt that a proper tour would have been conducted.

The tour guide stated the "tour guide monlogues" as if she was reciting them for the millionth time. She had no enthusiasm or even infliction in her voice. She did not make eye contact with us, looking at the floor instead. She did not hide her annoyance at a couple of questions that we asked. In fact, she was borderline rude to us and we quickly stopped asking questions. Her remarks were to say the least uncalled for.

The house was beautiful, the stories interesting, a step back in time, but a rude one.

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