Falcon Rest Mansion and Gardens, McMinnville, TN.  Where history is fun.
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  Guided tours offered seven days a week, 9 to 5 Central time year round
GROUP TOURS
  "The Four Faces of Fun at Falcon Rest" combine entertaining history-based shows with meals and mansion tours.

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SHOP
  Victorian Gift Shop filled with unique 1800s treasures -- called "an attraction in itself"
DINE
  Charming Victorian Tea Room serving daily 9 to 5
STAY
  Falcon Manor B&B: Romantic bed & breakfast guest suites on grounds of Falcon Rest Mansion
WEDDINGS
  Storybook location for your Victorian Tennessee wedding: outdoor and indoor venues
SPECIAL EVENTS
  Delicious food in beautiful surroundings
 

Class Reunions
Christmas Parties
Business Events

Bridal Teas
Baby
Showers
Anniversary Parties
Red Hat Groups

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Middle Tennessee Garden Tour

Visitors to McMinnville always comment on the landscaping nurseries that line every highway coming into Warren County.

For years, this area has been known as "the nursery capital of the world."

Ironically, dead cows led to the proliferation of plant nurseries that started in the late 1800's. Some of J.H.H. Boyd's stock died from mysterious causes, and an autopsy revealed that they had been eating seeds of a native plant called "sweet shrub." It turned out that the seeds were valuable for medicinal purposes.

Wondering what else was growing wild in the region, Mr. Boyd eventually learned that there were more species of plants native to this area than most anywhere in the U.S. or Europe.

Today, there are hundreds of certified nurseries in the county.

Over the past several years, Falcon Rest has taken advantage of this valuable resource by initiating an extensive landscaping program. Hundreds of evergreens and flowering shrubs from local nurseries now compliment the courtyard, fountain, walkways, statues that dot the mansion's five-acre grounds.

More plants and flowers are scheduled to be added as the evergreens mature.

Brass Fountain in Falcon Rest's Courtyard

In fact, landscaping has become part of Falcon Rest's
"edu-tainment" program, as school groups often plant a shrub or tree as a memento of their visit to the mansion.

Crape myrtles and shrubs in front of Falcon Rest

Snow on statue of Spring at Falcon Rest

Snow adorns the Leyland cypress and emerald green arborvitae in front of the courtyard, while the statue of Spring looks hopefully on.


Brick walkways in Falcon Rest's courtyardThe interior of courtyard off the mansion's back veranda features a brick walkway, wrought-iron gazebo, and bronze Italian fountain. Boxwoods, Irish junipers, arborvitae, and roses complete the setting for weddings and outdoor parties.

Courtyard at Falcon Rest
2645 Faulkner Springs Rd. | McMinnville, TN 37110 | 931-668-4444 | falconrest@falconrest.com

Last Modified Februarys 2010. Falcon Rest Mansion and Gardens.