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“Malory-Neely house tour was fabulous”

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Malory-Neely house tour was fabulous”
Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

Our guide Joyce was very knowledgable and interesting to talk to, we were the only people on the 10.30 tour and we had Joyce's undivided attention. The house is beautiful and we spent an hour on the tour, well worth $7.
Highly recommended.

Visited April 2014
4 Thank Nickymain88
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Kansas City
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“The Mallory-Neely House was worth it, had a bad experience at Woodruff-Fontaine”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

The Mallory-Neely House is really an excellent tour, and I would recommend it without hesitation to anyone interested in Victorian Gothic style and architecture--go, go go! Virtually everything in the house is original to the owners of the home which makes it unique from most houses of its kind. Also, our tour guide was incredibly personable and knowledgeable which added a lot to the experience. The Woodruff-Fontaine House has a lot of really incredible, well-preserved old clothing in it, so if you like to see Victorian clothing it would be worth the trip, and there is a nice piece of stained glass on the stairs, but almost nothing in the house is original to the home, so it's really not all that impressive compared to the other home. Also, I was quite offended by the tour guide. She was having a conversation with the others in our group during the tour about the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest being moved because of his relationship to the Ku Klux Klan (he founded it) and she was talking about how outrageous that was and said "They should do the same thing to the statue of Martin Luther King." Then there was a conversation about how the Ku Klux Klan really wasn't that bad of an organization at first, that its real mission was to protect women and children when NBF founded it, etc. Whether or not you believe any of that or not (my purpose in mentioning it is not to start an argument on race relations), I don't think that's appropriate content for a guided tour and it didn't have any relevance whatsoever to the content of the home. It cast a pall on the entire experience of the Victorian Village and made me reconsider wanting to visit any more homes of people who owned slaves.

Visited December 2013
12 Thank busitrav33
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Madison, Mississippi
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
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“Interesting tours.”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

The Mallory-Neely House and Woodruff-Fontaine House each have interesting tours. Mallory-Neely is very ornate on the bottom floor and has beautiful period furniture throughout. Woodruff-Fontaine (woodruff-fontaine.com) contains a large collection of period clothing as well. Each highlight the history of Memphis upper crust during late 1800s and early 1900s. On Adams Street near downtown.

Visited March 2013
3 Thank CassidyBayou
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“Creepy - Nothing Open”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

We went to the Victorian Village Historic District to tour several victorian style homes that were built from 1846 into 1890's and found that only one home is open. The other homes haven't been open for quite a long time. The Woodruff- Fontaine House was the only house open and worth the tour. But if you came to see the other houses as well or walk along the street - don't waste your time in this area.

This Millionaire's Row area difinitely does not live up to its name. Everything looks a bit run down, the neighborhood is a bit creepy and we were there on a weekday sunny afternoon. We were wondering if we'd make it out of the neighborhood and not get mugged as we had walked up from the closet trolley stop. We found out this is a bad part of town now a days.

Other than the Woodruff-Fontaine House there is nothing else here.

Visited August 2012
6 Thank Hazel2006
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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Level 6 Contributor
86 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“Woodruff-Fontaine House”
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
2 Thank Valerie M
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