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Join American Hauntings for a late summer ghost hunt at this eerie and historic mansion, known as one of Memphis’s most haunted spots! Spend the night looking the ghosts of this historic — and very haunted – mansion during a private ghost hunt! Is it really as haunted as so many say? Find out for yourself and perhaps meet a former occupant face-to-face!
One of the most famous and luxurious mansions in Memphis, the Woodruff-Fontaine house was completed in 1871 by Amos Woodruff, who came to Memphis in 1845 to expand his carriage making business. Over the course of his career, he became one of the wealthiest men in the city and one of the biggest supporters of the city’s growth. He served as president of the city council, was twice a mayoral candidate, organized and ran two banks, the Memphis & Ohio Railroad, the Overton Hotel, the Southern Life Insurance Company and dabbled in both the lumber and cotton business. Woodruff’s businesses survived the ravages of the Civil War and in 1870, began construction on his marvelous home. It was finished one year later, just in time to host the wedding of Amos’ daughter, Mollie — who is believed to be the most prominent ghost to remain behind in this house.
After his death, the house was sold to Noland Fontaine, a wealthy cotton dealer, who died in 1912. His wife remained in the mansion until her death in 1928. After a series of other owners, it was abandoned and fell into disrepair, but after a restoration, tales of ghosts become commonplace.
The ghost stories begin with Mollie Woodruff Woolddridge, whose wedding was the first grand event to be held in the mansion. In 1871, she married Egbert Wooldridge and moved with her new husband into the house. Four years later, they had their first child, but tragically, the infant contracted yellow fever and died in the mansion’s Rose Bedroom. Soon after, Egbert also died in the same bedroom, leaving Mollie heartbroken and alone. Although devastated, she eventually married again. Her second marriage also produced a child — another baby who also died in the Rose Bedroom. She moved out of the house and never returned — in life, that is.
In 1883, the mansion was sold and Mollie died in 1917. It is believed that she returned to the mansion — the scene of her greatest tragedies — after her death. To this day, the Rose Bedroom on the second floor is believed to be the most haunted room in the house. It is believed that Mollie lingers here, unable to leave the place where she lost her husband and two of her children. But if she truly haunts this house, she does not do so alone….
Throughout the entire mansion, ghostly events have been reported, from strange cold spots to eerie sounds, ghostly figures, unexplained noises and voices that are heard whispering and speaking in otherwise empty rooms and hallways. The Woodruff-Fontaine Mansion is unquestionably one of the most fascinating and best-preserved homes of post-Civil War Memphis and a must-visit location for history and ghost buffs alike! Join us for our private event and discover this haunting location for yourself!