I've heard about the ghost tours that go on around the city, but I never actually thought there were actually any real sightings. Boy was I wrong!
Ok, before diving into my encounter, here's a little history of the Woodruff-Fontaine House. Most are familiar with Mollie Fontaine's. It directly across the street from the Woodruff-Fontaine House. The house is in an area of Memphis known as Victorian Village, which is in near Juvenile Court and Lebonheur. This house was built in 1871 by the Woodruffs and then sold to the Fontaine family, hence the name Woodruff-Fontaine House.
The house serves as a museum by day and has ghost tours by night. It's filled with the family's possessions from the Victorian days of Memphis. One thing I noticed was that people were really short back then. The beds and clothes were very small.
Now this house is supposedly haunted and naturally I didn't believe that it was. The tour guide told of the history of the home and how some of the family members passed away in the home and never left. I must admit I felt a few cool breezes, but it was a chilly night in a house that's over 100 years old.
It wasn't until leaving that I believe that I encountered a spirit. I was in the main room without the rest of the tour taking pictures with my iPhone. I noticed some bright spots on my screen. I thought of maybe it's a reflection and turned to get a different angle. Nope, the lights' seemed to move with me. I couldn't see these lights with my eyes, but the iPhone camera was picking them up! I cleaned the camera off thinking that would fix it, but the lights were still there and moving about the room.
Notice the bright white dots in the photos.
A closer look
I thought maybe these are just reflections, so I grabbed the tour guide and asked about what I was seeing. She tells me that these lights are very common on the third floor in Elliot Fontaine's room, but she's never seen them on the 1st floor!! She said they are more than likely paranormal as well.
That was about all I needed to see and hear before I wanted to get out of there! My ghost hunting career is officially over. As I was leaving I heard someone mention a ghost pub crawl...I think I might just have to come back out of retirement for that one!
If you're braver than I am, go check out one of the ghost tours at the Woodruff-Fontaine House. It's definitely an experience that will leave you wondering and guessing for a few days after. You can sign up for a tour by clicking HERE.
Here are a few more pictures from the Woodruff-Fontaine House!
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