Thursday, January 3, 2008

Fence Post, Woodruff-Fontaine House

This is a detailed view of one of the fence posts in front of the Woodruff-Fontaine House, a French Victorian home in downtown Memphis. It was built in 1870 on what was then considered "Millionaire's Row", now called Victorian Village. This area is popular with tourists and those who love local history and is often the site for various festivals, and Woodruff-Fontaine is often the chosen site for parties and weddings.

My late mother was a longtime board member and docent/tourguide at the Wooodruff-Fontaine House, so it has a soft spot with all of us (I will definitely be sharing more photos in the's quite pretty). The home is said to be haunted---many people have reported seeing Molly Fontaine sitting on the bed of one of the second story bedrooms, and people working in the house have reported seeing an imprint, as if someone has been sitting there, on the usually pristine bedcovers. Two psychics also reported seeing Elliott Fontaine on the third floor while my mother was leading tours. She was always a bit disappointed that she never witnessed any of this herself...she had a great love for all that is a bit mysterious, as well as history and preservation.


b.c. said...

Hi Southern Heart, thanks for visiting Chicago and welcome to the daily photo blog family!!!

p.s. loved the story about the haunted mansion and your mom

smilnsigh said...

Lovely photo. And thank you for the link, about the house. Oh I love old, preserved homes!

And since we have houses with ghost stories attached, around here too ~ I love such history. And I can appreciate how your Mom must have been disappointed, to not have had the fun, of seeing an apparition. :-)