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“Nice Memphis Victorian House”

Woodruff-Fontaine House
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Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum Admission
Ranked #35 of 161 things to do in Memphis
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Owner description: An elegant, 16-room mansion built in 1870 and featuring period furnishings and mannequins displaying the fashions of the era.
Reviewed 4 October 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.

Thank SWeaver12
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Reviewed 22 September 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 fortunate enough to come on a slow day and got our own personal tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and friendly and more than willing to answer our questions and talk with us. I enjoyed hearing more about the Woodruff and Fontaine families, of the yellow fever epidemic that was such a problem for the city, and of the mourning rituals of the day. I thought I knew most all of them and still learned something new today. They also have an impressive collection of textiles and antique clothing, something of interest to my daughter and myself. They have done a wonderful job preserving this place and its many stories.
Anyone who believes a home tour is only about looking at the house itself does not have their ears open as they follow their guide. There is so much more to a home tour than gawking at architecture and antiques, though I admit I enjoy doing so, there are things to be learned about how people have changed and how they haven't. How their stories have shaped our stories and led us to where we are today.

7  Thank bookwormwendy
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Reviewed 4 September 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!

Thank SlothyBritt
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Reviewed 18 August 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 on a detailed tour of every room in the house.
This is a surprisingly large house even by today's standards; in the 19th century it must have been a mansion.

Unfortunately our guide was distracted by a small child who was part of our group and kept wandering off from his parents.

I noted one previous review that it was under-staffed, but certainly not on the day we went. Tours are every half hour and there were 2 running when we arrived and ours started right on time.

4  Thank Johnpsau
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Reviewed 10 August 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!

3  Thank Stephanie L
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