The South's finest and one of America's best-these words have
always defined the world-famous Peabody Hotel in Memphis,
Tennessee. The Peabody emerged from the war-torn, post-Civil War
South in 1869 to become one of the finest hotels in America. Its
reputation for comfort, service, and fine dining grew along with
Memphis's stature as "the river city, cotton capital, and
birthplace of the blues."
The most famous and infamous citizens of the era stayed at the
original Peabody in its day. There, plantations were won or lost on
a roll of the dice. After more than 50 years, the original hotel
was replaced by a new 12-story, 615-room hotel in 1925. It was then
that the hotel's name became synonymous with elegance. It also
became the social center of Memphis and the mid-South, and a haunt
for the rich and famous. The celebrated ducks swimming in the
marble lobby fountain, parties in the skyway, or dancing on the
open plantation roof to the music of the most renowned bands and
orchestras of the day have all been part of this fabulous hotel's
Today, the fully restored Peabody retains its reputation for
legendary Southern hospitality and tasteful elegance. The hotel
continues to serve as an anchor for the restoration and
revitalization of the downtown area of one of America's most
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