The Historic Peabody Memphis Hotel

Published On: August 21st, 2014By Categories: Blog

We are excited that The Peabody Memphis Hotel is the host site of our 7th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration this November for adopters of the Green House model!  What is so special about this hotel? The Peabody, a AAA Four-Diamond, Forbes Four-Star hotel, has served its guests with Southern hospitality since 1869. The hotel was built in theheart of downtown Memphis making it an ideal location for exploring historic sites and immersing yourself in the barbecue, blues and rock ‘n’ roll that define Memphis culture.
And then there’s the ducks.
Legend of The Peabody Ducks

In the 1930s, Frank Schutt, General Manager of The Peabody, and a friend, Chip Barwick, came back from an Arkansas hunting trip. They had a bit too much to drink and thought it would be funny to put their live duck decoys in the beautiful Peabody fountain. Three small English call ducks were used and the reaction was enthusiastic. Soon, five North American Mallard ducks replaced the originals.

In 1940, Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, offered to assist with delivering the ducks to the fountain each day, teaching them the now-famous Peabody Duck March. Mr. Pembroke became the Peabody Duckmaster and held that role for 50 years.
After nearly 80 years, the marble fountain in the Peabody lobby is still graced with ducks that march at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.
As our 7th Annual Meeting and Celebration quickly approaches, we look forward to spending time with our adopters learning and growing at this historic landmark. And of course, we are looking for a volunteer Duckmaster for our time there to lead the daily duck march with heart and soul.