Happy Tuesday Peeps. After a long exhausting week, me and my girlfriends decided to meet up for drinks and just to catch up on social issue, so we all agreed to hit up this local trendy night spot on the outskirts of Downtown Memphis by the name of Mollie Fontaine (its a Memphis historical landmark, with a dark history….ohhhhh). Ok so let’s get to the juicy details about this swanky little place, the quick and short version. From the information I’ve gathered in reference to the history of this “haunted house” is that back in the early 1800, this house was built by a fellow named Nolan Fontaine which he actually built the home for his daughter Mollie Fontaine and her husband as a wedding gift. So apparently they moved in and all was going well until Mollie lost a child shortly after childbirth and not to soon after that her husband died (which the child and the husband both died in the same room that is referred to as the “Rose Room”)
After being emotionally crushed, Mollie went on to remarry again in 1883 and she sadly lost another child with her new husband. Neither one of her kids lived to see adulthood and then later she passed away in 1917. It’s said that although her physical body is gone, her spirit still lives in the home with a few other ghost(which I don’t believe in, but any-who). According to the legend, some people have stated that “Mollie Woodruff Henning’s ghost became more active. She often hangs out in her old bedroom, known as the Rose Room, on the 2nd floor. She is known to sit on the bed leaving dents so people know she was there. Since the Rose Room is roped off to tours no one is allowed close to this bed. Visitors have seen the rocking chair move in this room and the bed covers rustle. It is here where people note drastic changes in the temperature” Reference: https://seeksghosts.blogspot.com/2016/04/woodruff-fontaine-house.html. Today the Woodruff Fontaine House is a tourist spot and has been featured on SYFY ghost hunters. Click here http://www.syfy.com/ghosthunters/episodes/season/9/episode/19/dont-forget-about-us
The Fontaines actually lived and died in the house across the street from the Mollie Fontaine Lounge. The lounge is an old Victorian mansion that has been remodeled into one of the coolest places in the city. When we initially pulled up to the lounge, we were like hmmmm, now this place looks a little creepy, but upon entering the home, I was excited to see what the inside revealed. So after going in, I was taken back a bit of how different, weird(in a good way), stylish, and trendy the placed looked on the inside; the setup is so cute and not ordinary to say the least. The lounge has 2 levels from what I could see. When you first walk in you have a 2 person live band singing, 2 lounging areas and a bar. On the second floor there’s also a bar and 2 different lounging sitting areas. It’s an relaxed atmosphere. They don’t have the eating tables that you would normally see in any traditional restaurant, but somewhat an odd combination of mis-matched chairs, couches and love seats. The menu offered a variety of food. Me and a girlfriend shared a fish fry dinner which consisted of Tilapia fish, crab claws, shrimp and fries; it was okay and their alcoholic beverages we super strong…lol. Overall, I found the lounge intriguing, interesting, and just a cool place to relax and chat it up with friends or complete strangers(which we also engaged in). Well those are my little thoughts on Mollie Fontaine. If you’re in the local area, you should definitely check it out.
Be Blessed! I hope you all enjoyed the post.
XOXOXO….Ms. Kim Austin