Memphis in Mourning, Victorian Style

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 7th 2011 2435 0

The Woodruff-Fontaine House is in mourning this fall, and you’re invited to pay your respects.

From now until the end of November, the Victorian home-turned-museum will be decorated in traditional Victorian mourning style. Mirrors are superstitiously covered in black cloth, a casket is laid out in the parlor, and throughout the museum, mannequins are dressed in mourning clothes from the Victorian era.

Mourning Dress, Woodruff Fontaine House Museum, Memphis, Tenn.

The mourning clothes are pretty stunning. Most of the intricate dresses are black, but a few are other “appropriate” mourning colors, like eggplant and dark green. There’s even a maternity mourning dress on display. And, because the Victorians were nothing if not socially appropriate, you can see black mourning underthings on display on the second floor.

Mourning underwear, Woodruff Fontaine House Museum, Memphis, Tenn.

There are going to be special twilight tours of the Memphis in Mourning exhibit given on Friday, Sept. 16th from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. In addition to the tour of the house, there will be period readings and Victorian photography on display.

The Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. Tours last one hour and cost $10.

Go there:

Memphis in Mourning

Woodruff-Fontaine House Musuem

680 Adams Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105
(901) 526-1469


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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