Anna Lee is one of our most-requested guides. She is a descendant of the Burkle Family who lived at the Burkle Estate (now Slavehaven) and started the famous Burkle’s Bakery that served Memphis families for many years. She is passionate about St. Jude Hospital and be sure to ask her about a patient story involving a guest on a recent tour where they met each other for the first time and had a wonderfully happy reunion!.
Nell has been a tour guide for over 20 years. She is a “genteel Southern lady with a distinctive southern drawl” and can tell you all about the rich agricultural history of our area. Nell is related to Ellen Davies Rodgers whose family settled in Shelby County in the early 19th century with the help of the Native Americans. The Davies two-story log home, one of the oldest fully-furnished houses in the county, is still a popular historical site on the outskirts of Memphis.
If you’re an Elvis fan, Jane’s the guide for you. Be sure to ask her about her personal “Elvis sightings”! Interestingly, she danced behind Eddie Fisher when he was the headliner at the Memphis Cotton Carnival while Elvis, who was still a hometown boy at the time, drew the crowds with his appearance at the city auditorium. Jane has spent her entire life in Memphis and remembers how exciting those early concerts were!! She loves her hometown and you’ll love it too after seeing it through Jane’s eyes.
Mimmye loves Memphis, loves to travel and was in the music business for several years working with Stax during its heyday. She’s had songs recorded by Nashville recording artists…”These Colors Don’t Run” was recorded by B.J. Thomas. Mimmye is still active in the entertainment industry, but now concentrates on acting. Maybe you’ve seen her in “The Client”, “Forty Shades of Blue” or perhaps on TV in “Separated By Murder” or “Surface”. She is in several plays at Playhouse on the Square.
Kathy has 25 years as a tour guide. She loves Memphis, especially downtown where she now lives. She can tell you every great restaurant and shopping venue…downtown Memphis is booming! You might even see her walking her dog while you are visiting. She is a former teacher and current antiques dealer with lots of antique shopping secrets, too. She’d love to have you spend time in her fair city!