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
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  "The Four Faces of Fun at Falcon Rest" combine entertaining history-based shows with meals and mansion tours.

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

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Falcon Rest is featured on Southern Haunts, a historical show with a supernatural twist which has aired on many PBS stations. E-mail us to order a DVD of the 2-episode series, which also features Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN, the Thomas House at Red Boiling Springs, the Bell Witch, and the Octagon House in Kentucky. $20 plus tax and shipping.


See the pilot for "Southern Scares," featuring Denton Rose (the next Ernest P. Worrell), filmed at Falcon Rest Mansion.


Are there Ghosts at Falcon Rest?

If there is one question asked more than
any other, it must be,
"Is Falcon Rest really haunted?"


As a movie director sensitive to "spirits" once told us, "I can feel a real presence in the mansion, but whatever it may be is friendly, curious, and just wants to be known." While we don't affirm or deny the existence of ghosts, we will say we either have friendly ghosts or a strange series of coincidences.

Consider some of the "evidence."

Ghostlly nighttime view of the mansion

Whistling on the staircase

Many of the stories about "spirits" at Falcon Rest center around the bedroom at the foot of the staircase where Clay Faulkner, the mansion's original owner, died in 1916. Footsteps heard on the steps when no one was there ... items found in a different place one day than they had been left the day before ... the scent of cigar smoke in the air ...

One Christmas a young man was decorating a tree in the upstairs hallway. He came to the Visitor's Center looking very pale and asked, "Has anyone been in the mansion lately?" The answer was, "No, but why do you ask?"

He gulped and said, "I was whistling 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.' I stopped, but the whistling continued for several seconds and started moving down the steps." According to this young man, our "ghost" not only appears to have been in the Christmas spirit; he has perfect pitch!

The mirror that fell

Another tour guide named Liz was telling a group in Mr. Faulkner's bedroom about the suspected ghost. One of the women said, "When we came in, I saw a young lady wearing a bonnet and a long dress come into the mansion's front door. Was that one of your reenactors?" Liz said, "There's no one here in costume today, the front door is supposed to be locked, and we don't really have 'reenactors.' But we do have inhabitants!"

Immediately, there was a loud crash that sounded like an explosion. Liz went through the rest of the tour dreading what she'd find broken, but she saw nothing out of place. It took another trip through to realize the ornately carved mirror that had been hanging above the dining room buffet had fallen, without hitting anything on the buffet. It struck the floor without getting broken itself. The wire that was holding it up was still firmly attached, and the screws were still in the wall.

It may have been a coincidence, but we like to think the "inhabitants" were trying to confirm Liz's story. We've been told since then that ghosts don't like looking into two mirrors that directly face each other (this one had faced the one over the mantle), and it was the third time that mirror had tried to fall down. Since next time they might break something on the buffet, and one good ghost story is worth a whole lot of mirrors, we've just left the mirror where they dropped it years ago.

Recording devices gone berserk

Spirits are well-known for interfering with electronics. Faulkner was ahead of his time with technology (in 1896 his mansion had indoor plumbing, electric lights, central steam heat, a telephone, and primitive air conditioning), so he would naturally be interested in today's recording equipment.

The Cookeville, Tenn., PBS station taped what they thought was a flawless feature several years ago, then called to say they would have to do it over. "It sounded like there was a hurricane when we played back the tape," they said, even though the day of the taping had been perfectly still.

Gems from the Gent

All our "Ghosts" Are Fun

Every year Falcon Rest is open, we have more visitors who report experiences with unseen "inhabitants" of the mansion. Sometimes these might be figments of overactive imaginations, but occasionally a self-professed skeptic finds reason to rethink his doubts.

Such was the case with a retired gentleman who toured the mansion with his wife a while back.

The guide brought them back to the Visitor's Center, and I overheard him telling the Victorian Lady, "If this had happened to my wife, I wouldn't have believed her, but it happened to me."

That was enough to bring me out of the office to get more details.

"We had just gone into the dining room," he said, "and all the hairs on my arms started to stand up. I felt cold air move right through me, like something had literally walked through my body. I've never had an experience like that in my entire life, even though there has been plenty of opportunity to. After all, I was a funeral director for 40 years!"

His story reminded me of one of my own that I'd never mentioned before.

Years ago, I was walking in one direction through the mansion's dining room, and I felt something cold go through me in the opposite direction. It was one of the strangest feelings I've ever had.

I don't know for sure if I believe in ghosts, but I do know there are some things I don't understand -- in addition to my wife! Is Falcon Rest really haunted? I'll leave that question up to you. But all the "evidence" is just one more reason it's the Victorian mansion where history is fun.

The PBS radio station in nearby Murfreesboro won the Tennessee Broadcaster's Award for their audio walking tour of Falcon Rest ... but only after they edited out unexplained interference in the mansion's original dining room.

More than one visitor has reported drained batteries on video cameras that had just been recharged. It even happened with a group of Ohio paranormal investigators who did a surveillance of the mansion. The "ghost hunters" agreed with the movie director about the attitude of our spirits, saying all they sensed was happiness. The ghosts may be glad we fixed up their accommodations.

 

Falcon Rest Mansion and Ghost Hunters of Souhern Tennessee,
a local ghost-hunting team, are joining forces to offer "tag-along ghost hunts" of the mansion
again this year: October 22, 27 and 28

Keep up with plans at the Facebook event page: Falcon Rest Mansion Tag-Along Ghost Hunt

See "paranormal evidence" acquired at Falcon Rest Mansion by Paranormal, Inc., of Memphis.

 

Is there a ghost in the upstairs window?

 

 


 

Occasionally one of our visitors "captures" what they think is a spirit in a photograph.

Such was the case with the picture at left. It certainly looked like a lady was checking out the guests from the center window upstairs.

Only one problem ...no one was upstairs at the time.


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


Last Modified August 2016. Falcon Rest Mansion and Gardens.