How Falcon Rest Became the Victorian
Mansion Where History Is Fun
The restoration of Falcon Rest began
in 1989. When the mansion opened to the public after
4-1/2 years of hard work, over 1,000 local people toured
during the first two days.
But it was the state's electric co-op
magazine that started the love affair between Falcon
Rest and tour groups. Tennessee Magazine has
over 400,000 readers, and when the Victorian Lady and
I appeared on its cover a few months after the mansion
opened, the church and senior groups started calling.
They had two reactions: "This
is one of our favorite mansions we ever toured"
and "Where do we go eat?" It didn't take long
to figure out the correct answer was, "Right here!"
It came in handy that the Victorian
Lady grew up in South Louisiana and has an inbred talent
for great food, and that I've been accused of being
a born storyteller. An area news magazine called me
"a walking encyclopedia in a tuxedo." Group
Tour Magazine said, "Tales roll off his tongue
as easily as butter off a hot knife."
note to motorcoach and tour operators:
Dealing with the folks in charge
We identify with motorcoach and tour
operators, because -- like us -- many of you are running
your own business.
It's unusual to see a historic attraction
in private hands, especially where the owners actually
run it. But it's a real plus for you as a buyer.
You don't have to wonder who'll answer
the phone next time you call, or if the service will
be up to par. The person you talk to at the trade show
(usually the gent) is the one who'll be entertaining
your folks. The person who takes the reservation and
helps you plan your trip (the Lady) is the one who'll
see to it that your food is outstanding and your customers
feel like kings and queens.
As a couple and as a company, we have
a lifetime investment in seeing to it that your stop
at Falcon Rest is one of the highlights of your trip.
George and Charlien McGlothin
(aka The Victorian Gentleman and Lady)