Our Guests Are Saying About
Group Tours at Falcon Rest
From the Nashville Corvette Club's Tire Smoke Newsletter,
by Janice Geng
first cruise of the year is in the books. Those of us who journeyed to McMinnville
on Saturday the 23d, suffered from too many laughs. Who would have thought
a murder mystery could be so funny and provide so much historical information.
We had great weather for a cruise, the first time since last Fall, and
the venue was fantastic.
George and Charlien Mc Glothin provided a fasinating
and inspirational theme for a Saturday afternoon luncheon, Without a doubt,
this is one of the top if not the best “road trips” the club
has taken. It is worthy of a return visit to enjoy one of the other productions.
From the Nashville First Baptist Church Evangel Newsletter --
by Sam Sanders, minister of recreation/senior adults
"It was amazing a couple of months ago when 50
people paid to go on a Mystery Trip where they didn't know where they'd
be going! At every turn on our journey we speculated as to where our destination
might be. Turns out, it was a restored Victorian mansion named Falcon
Rest in McMinnville, TN. It was the original home of the Clay Faulkner
family, and recently celebrated its 110-year anniversary. Called Tennessee's
Biltmore by PBS, the 10,000-square-foot, solid-brick mansion had all the
modern conveniences when it was built in 1897, including electric lights,
indoor plumbing, central heat and air, and even a telephone. Today, the
mansion is furnished with museum quality antiques.
"We each had parts in a melodrama. Cards identifying
our characters were given to us upon our arrival. We were seated at our
tables, and as the host couple began to tell the story of "Murder
at the Mansion," each of us stood and ad-libbed lines when our character
appeared in the story. We were all characters of the family, the town,
or of the era. For example, Bill Young played Jack Daniel and was good,
really good! The drama was fun to the max, the food was excellent and
we had a great time."
"We felt so pampered and had such a great time"
-- Kats in Red Hats, Hendersonville, TN
"We each had props and were to assume the characters
of actual people from 1897 attending a banquet given by Clay and Mary
Faulkner to celebrate the opening of their new mansion. We had such fun
preparing for our roles and we really did become the stars of the show!!
"Our very own Queen Cleopurrrtra was picked for
the local madam (Nan Meadows -- go figure!) Lady Felina was Anthia Hughes
and packed a gun which she used at the end of the play to shoot the murderer
... and Baronnes Von Meow was Darthula, Mary Faulkner's mother. Such hilarious
"We enjoyed lunch in the beautiful Victorian Carriage
House dining room. After the meal was completed and the murder was solved,
we took a tour of the beautiful mansion and visited the Victorian Gift
Shop, which had lots of things that could have been in the mansion in
"It was time to head back to Nashville. We had
great fun laughing about the play and each of our roles."
are particularly happy we chose Falcon Rest. Great food, great friends,
great times and better memories."
-- Chicks with Sticks, Crossville, TN
(We've left out last names used in this article to protect
"Arthur Conan Doyle, aka Anna, assisted Sigmund Freud in the interrogation
of suspects of the Murder at the Mansion.
Anna played the part to the hilt and was laughing so
hard she was crying. ... Fran and Barbara were temperance women leading
the charge against the evils of drink -- can you believe that? Karen as
Annie Oakley was dressed to the hilt, leather-fringed jacket and firearm
to boot. Katy, as Wyatt Earp, stepped up to protect the temperance gals.
We don't even want to mention the choir ladies. Needless to say, Amazing
Grace never sounded so good.
"Falcon Rest is located just outside McMinnville
and is well worth the time on the road. The mansion has been totally refurbished
by the owners, the food is absolutely delicious, the gift shop is unique
and the participation 'Murder Mystery' is absolutely great fun. Anyone
who makes this trip is bound to have a great time."
Murder at the Mansion Called "Magical" by Local
(who attended a fund-raiser with her college class)
"Although it has been over two months since I attended
'Murder at the Mansion' at Falcon Rest, I can remember the experience
like it was yesterday. I remember that, in the beginning, I was quite
apprehensive to attend the event. I needed extra credit because I had
done poorly on my previous test, but I was apprehensive to shell out money
for an event I knew so little about. Being a college freshman, I was afraid
that I would have to sit awkwardly alone at a table. I honestly thought
the night would be uncomfortable and boring. Thankfully, Mrs. Williams
convinced me to attend, and I was, pleasantly and surprisingly, surrounded
by a group of people who simply wanted to have an enjoyable evening. Although
I have visited Falcon Rest in the past, my experience that chilly, rainy
February night surpassed all others.
"The night's event began to unfold as each person
was assigned a historical identity. I was designated the part of Susan
B. Anthony, the great advocate of women's rights. I was honored to portray
such a legend. As the party moved into the grand dining room, I found
myself surrounded by other historic legends, many of whom once lived in
McMinnville, Tenn. As the night continued, I realized that I was no longer
sitting through a delicious meal for school extra credit, but was sitting
in the presence of historical royalty. Of course, most everyone was dressed
in 21st century attire, but clothes didn't matter much because the fellowship
masked our appearances; we were simply capturing the human spirit, a character
without a face. Everyone portrayed his or her character to a 'T.' I noticed
that the people seated throughout the room were no longer my schoolmates,
but historical peers. It was magical; everyone carried himself or herself
a little bit taller, a little bit greater. The weight of the past lay
on our shoulders, and we knew it. The event was unscripted, but no one
seemed to care much; we spoke from the heart, making the night even more
realistic, even more charming.
"It was almost a 'Cinderella' type of moment when
the final gunshots rang out and the host and hostess bid everyone adieu.
The audience once again realized that the night had been an enchantment
and the spell had been broken. It was back out into the cold drizzle,
a walk to our cars, and home. But, driving home that night, I took a trip
down Main Street, it was not necessarily the fastest route home; in fact,
it was a bit out of the way, but I felt compelled to take it. As I slowly
cruised down the tiny road, I looked at the old buildings and, although
it was dark, I saw them in a light I had never seen before. They were
alive with the spirits of the men and women who had built and roamed them
not so very long ago. I suddenly felt proud to be a part of something
so special. As I crawled into bed that night, I drifted into dream knowing
that I was born and raised in a small town, a small town with a big spirit.
And that was good enough for me."
Last Modified March 2017