Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum

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Restored Victorian home shelters handwritten autographs from its craftsmen, more than 1,000 garments from the era & rotating exhibitions

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A house says a lot about its owner, as evidenced by Galileo’s solar-system bed sheets and Lincoln’s vast collection of presidential action figures. Take a peek inside the mind of a historic figure with this Groupon.

$10 for Two Admissions ($20 Value)

The restored Victorian home showcases its collection of more than 1,000 pieces of fashion from the era, and tours trek through all three floors of the mansion.

Woodruff-Fontaine House

Successful carriage maker Amos Woodruff began construction on his Memphis home in 1870, designing the property in French Victorian style with a mansard roof and cypress woodwork and flooring. A year later, the mansion hosted the wedding of Amos's daughter, Mollie, marking the first public event and first of countless weddings to be held on the property. Cotton factor Noland Fontaine owned the dwelling after Amos; following the death of Noland and his wife, the home became an art school and then a vacant building until the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities acquired the space in 1961.

Nestled among magnolia trees, the restored mansion still shelters handwritten autographs and memories of the craftsmen who helped erect the building. Just as it did for Mollie Woodruff, the property also continues to host weddings and special events with a front lawn that accommodates up to 250 visitors. A collection of more than 1,000 pieces of Victorian-era fashion, such as wedding gowns, undergarments, overgarments, and stiletto horseshoes, can be found in the home. The clothing display changes several times throughout the year along with the museum's rotating exhibitions.

Customer Reviews

My husband and I really enjoyed touring that beautiful home. The ladies conducting the tours were so very kind, informative and personable which made the experience delightful. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to step back in time. We appreciate the privilege of being able to view a part of the past. What a loss had this home not been preserved .
Kathryn D. · July 13, 2012
Thank you for the job you all do everyday, preserving historical knowledge of Memphis!
Kristina T. · July 11, 2012
The super friendly staff made the tour enjoyable and very informative!
Candace T. · July 11, 2012

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