Event Start Time: 8:30pm
Event Finish Time: 3am#1 Most Haunted Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. We have exclusive overnight Access to this very haunted and frightening location.
The Woodruff-Fontaine House is a reminder of the wealth and comfort of the socialites of a simpler time. There is no wonder that the families that once occupied this Mansion are eager to linger in the safety of their home. As seen on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and featured in many paranormal publications, the Woodruff-Fontaine House is a location that definitely does not disappoint!
Investigators have reported evidence supporting the fact that Mollie Woodruff Henning still occupies her old room on the second floor. On numerous occasions the Museum’s staff, guests and investigators have come into the room to see an imprint on the bed as if someone was sitting on the edge. They will straighten out the coverlet only to return later to see the same occurrence.
It is even rumored that Mollie is responsible for the arrangement of the furniture in her room. The docent is said to have placed the furniture and it was rearranged to what they now believe to be the original placement.
EVPs (electronic voice phenomena), Full-bodied apparitions, heavy footsteps, photographed apparitions, phantom perfume scents, disembodied voices, ghost cats…the Woodruff-Fontaine House is a paranormal investigator’s dream for both gathering evidence and personal experiences. This is not an investigation you will want to miss!
Although most of the ghostly encounters in the William-Fontaine House are filled with light and love, the tragedies of both families have still left an imprint on the home. There is a reported disgruntled masculine spirit that isn’t as warm and welcoming as Mollie but perhaps he believes investigators and guests are intruding on his home?
The only question that remains…will you be brave enough to undergo a lone vigil in the carriage house with the disembodied growls?
The Woodruff-Fontaine House is a French Victorian Mansion that was built by the Woodruff family in 1870 on Memphis’ “Millionaires Row.” Amos Woodruff arrived in Memphis in 1845 in order to expand his carriage business. After the mansion was completed in 1871, the first event held was the marriage of his daughter, Mollie Woodruff.
Although the Woodruff family experienced several warm and lasting memories in their home, they were not immune to tragedy. After Mollie’s marriage, she and her husband moved into the family home with a nursery built off of their room. Mollie became pregnant and carried her baby to term. Unfortunately, soon after the birth her child died. As she entered into full mourning, her husband went out with his friends one day on the Mississippi River. This was a time when the River was a dumping ground for not only sewage but other bacteria as well. An accident occurred and Mollie’s husband fell into the water. Soon after he died of a staff infection. Within 3 months, Mollie lost both her child and her husband. Many people believe she still wanders the hallways of the Mansion to this day.
The second family that occupied the Mansion was the family of Noland Fontaine. He arrived in Memphis in 1861 as a Cotton Factor of The High Cotton House of Hill, Fontaine & Co. The Fontaines lived in the Mansion for 46 years until Mrs. Fontaine’s death in 1928. Their son, Elliott, kept a detailed diary of their day-to-day lives that was given to the historical society to preserve and honor the history of the home. One of the stories that was included in his account was the death of his father.
Noland was very ill but they did not know what was causing him to be bed-ridden. His son-in-law, who lived directly across the street in a home that was gifted to Molly Fontaine upon her wedding, was a doctor in Memphis. They decided, as a family, that the best solution was to do an exploratory surgery to see if they could identify the source of Noland’s illness. The family knew that the surgery might result in his death but they did not want to watch him waste away.
They performed the surgery right in the Mansion in the ballroom. When Noland was opened up he died on the table. His son-in-law called his time of death when Noland suddenly sat up and removed the anesthesia mask and said, “I had the strangest dream, I was in hell and Satan asked me for a drink of water…” Then he promptly died again.
Elliott promised his mother he would stay with her and take care of her. He moved into the third floor but only 3 months after he did so he caught the Spanish Flu and died.
After the death of Mrs. Fontaine, the estate was sold for $25,000. Although the intention was for the property to be occupied by an antique shop, this was a venture that never came to fruition. The house was sold to Rosa Lee as an Art School but when the school relocated to Overton Park in 1959, the house remained vacant until 1961 when the Association for Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities saved the Mansion through a public fund.
Your ghost hunt at Woodruff Fountaine House includes the following:
- Group Séances,
- Ghost Hunting Vigils,
- Structured Vigils,
- Ghost Hunt with experienced Ghost Hunting Team,
- Use of our equipment which includes, trigger objects and EMF Meters,
- Private time to explore this location and to undertake your very own private vigils,
- Unlimited refreshments available throughout the night including: Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Coca Cola, Diet Coke, and Bottled Water.
- Selection of snacks.
Guests are strongly advised to bring extra warm clothing with them.