The Woodruff-Fontaine House, located at 680 Adams Avenue in Memphis, TN is one of the most luxurious historical mansions in Memphis. It was built in 1870 by Amos Woodruff. He and his family lived there until 1883, when the mansion was sold to Noland Fontaine, who was a prominent Memphis cotton factor. The Fontaine family lived here for forty-six years. After being sold, the home fell into disrepair, but has now been fully restored and is open to the public. If you are in Memphis, it is highly recommended that you visit this wonderful house.
Of course, the story does not end there, or this home would not have found it's way into this website. It is the daughter of the first owner, Mollie Woodruff Henning, that is said to haunt the house. Mollie was always her father's favorite child, and she was spoiled beyond belief. But her life wasn't all pomp and riches. Mollie married Egbert Wooldridge, and they seemed happy. Four years later, they had their first child. Tragically, the infant contracted yellow fever and died in the Rose Bedroom. Not long after that, Egbert Wooldridge died on pneumonia and died, also in the Rose Bedroom. Mollie was devastated, but eventually married again. This marriage produced another child, but it also died in the Rose Bedroom.
In 1883, the Fontaine's moved out of the house. Mollie died in 1917. Some say that she moved back to the house after her death. Today, there are a number of strange rumors circulating around Memphis about the Woodruff-Fontaine House. Most seem to associate the ghost of Mollie as haunting the bedroom on the second floor, where two of her children and one of her husbands died. They say she is unable to stop grieving
The room is said to be the sources of strange noise, and cold spots. Cold spots are frigid masses of air often associated with ghosts. It is said that if you blow smoke into a cold spot, you will see an apparition. Strange noise have been known to occur from the room as well.
Though the room is the center of the paranormal activity, there is said to be other activity throughout the house, from ghostly forms moving around, to cold spots, and strange noises and voices. Visitors often listen for these voices, and usually they are disappointed, though they do sometimes get more than they bargained for!
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