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History of The Peabody Memphis

Learn More About One of the Most Iconic Hotels in Downtown Memphis

Hotel History Tours with the Peabody Duckmaster
Take a trip back in time with this 1-hour tour of the "South's Grand Hotel" with the Peabody Duckmaster.
Daily, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$10 per person
Reservations recommended: 901-529-4108

Peabody history dates back to 1869 when the original Peabody Hotel opened on the corner of Main & Monroe and immediately became the social and business hub of Memphis. In 1925 a newer, grander Peabody was built at its present location at Union and 2nd Street continuing the legacy of the "South's Grand Hotel." It was 1933 when ducks were originally placed in the hotel's lobby fountain, setting in motion an 85-year tradition that continues today with the March of the Peabody Ducks. The Peabody name has become synonymous with the 5 North American mallard ducks that are now the living symbol of the Peabody brand.


The company that brought The Peabody back to life when they purchased the hotel is Belz Enterprises, a highly successful, multifaceted real estate development and management firm based in Memphis, Tennessee. Starting out as one of the largest Holiday Inn franchisers in the business and then moving on to full-service luxury hotels, Belz Enterprises has a long standing history within the hotel industry.


Most recently, Belz Enterprises has established Peabody Hotels & Resorts, a hotel and resort management venture that will leverage the ongoing Peabody brand success. Peabody Hotels & Resorts provides solutions for raising brand awareness and increasing financial performance via its long-standing tradition of providing exceptional hotel experiences and creating memories that last a lifetime. Legendary, charming, elegant, and grand are just a few words that describe what sets Peabody Hotels apart from other hotel brands.


The Peabody Memphis is a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide, which is dedicated to promoting heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic treasures. The Peabody is also a member of Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Historic Timeline
To learn more about the amazing history of the Peabody Memphis Hotel, click on the corresponding time period below.