TOURS | GROUP TOURS | GIFT SHOP | TEA ROOM | WEDDINGS | SPECIAL EVENTS

ABOUT THE MANSION | B&B ACCOMMODATIONS on the Grounds | AREA THINGS TO DO | PRESS & PUBLICITY | DIRECTIONS

TOURS
  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.

Area Step-on Tour
School Groups
Scout Groups

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

ABOUT the MANSION
 

History
Restoration
Gardens
Ghosts

AREA THINGS TO DO
DIRECTIONS
PRESS & PUBLICITY

 


Get a bird's-eye-view of Falcon Rest's buildings and grounds from our
Property Map


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earn the secrets • Experience the mysteries • See the beautyClay Faulkner, original owner of Falcon Rest

In 1896, entrepreneur Clay Faulkner told his wife Mary he'd build her "the grandest mansion in Tennessee" if she would move next to their woolen mill, 2-1/2 miles from downtown McMinnville.

Mary agreed, and Faulkner supervised construction as enthusiastically as he promoted the mill's "Gorilla Pants" (so strong even a gorilla couldn't tear them apart) and mineral water at the Faulkner Springs Hotel, the "ideal health and pleasure resort" he would eventually open on the lake across the road.

Faulkner's solid-brick, 10,000-square-foot mansion had all the "modern conveniences" when it was built -- electric lights, indoor plumbing, central heat, and more. That's one reason PBS dubbed it "Tennessee's Biltmore."

In the 1940s, Clay Faulkner's mansion was converted into a hospital and nursing home. An early ad boasted a quiet location and an ideal climate, at rates of $5.00 to 8.00 per day -- according to care required. By the mid-1950's, Dr. J.P. Dietrich had added onto the building and renamed it the Faulkner Springs Hospital. Local folks still tell fond stories about the doctor and the house where he dispensed medicine and love. The doctor closed the hospital in 1968. He stripped out much of the woodwork in an unsuccessful attempt to tear down the solid brick structure, then let it sit empty for a decade an a half.

When George McGlothin bought the old house at auction in 1989, it was a ghost of its former glory. He and his wife Charlien began four years of restoration, tackling 95 percent of the work themselves. Their efforts were rewarded with the National Trust's Great American Home Award for restoration in 1997. Today, the mansion is filled with museum quality Victorian antiques, and some say it's presided over by a friendly ghost -- perhaps the proud builder himself.

It's open seven days a week year round for historic home tours, group entertainment shows, delicious meals, 1890s shopping, weddings and other special events -- all of which live up to Falcon Rest's well-earned reputation as "the Victorian mansion where history is fun."

 

Falcon Rest mansion tours and wedding venue


Gems from the Victorian GentlemanGems from the Gent 

The Victorian Gentleman is the talent behind the fun and the visionary behind the restoration at Falcon Rest Mansion. Whenever you see our "Gems from the Gent" logo, click for some of his entertaining stories about the mansion.

For a start, follow this link to find out more about The People Behind the Victorian Gent and Lady. To read more of his first-person stories, go to the "Gent's Gems" page.

 

Best place for a Christmas party in McMinnville, Middle Tennessee.

Whether your group are precious old friends who have celebrated here over the years, or this is the first time you've thought of bringing your folks here, we'd love to share this special season with you and yours.

Check out the details online, then call or e-mail with any questions or for available dates.

Make one of our interactive group shows
the highlight of your
2015 tour schedule!

Fun 2015 Church and senior group tours in Tennessee

Schedule a show, meal and mansion tour any time for groups of 20 or more.

Don't have a group? Individuals can join upcoming performances with advance reservations. Watch this page for more dates.

Murder at the Mansion
Wed., Nov. 12, 10:30 am
Thurs., Feb. 12, 11:30 am

Performances subject to cancellation.
All times are Central.

Our Victorian Gift Shop is stocked to the brim with Christmas presents and stocking stuffers you won't find anywhere else!

On your way to anywhere in Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee tourist destinationLocated in the center of Nashville, Chattanooga and
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg triangle -- the three most popular tourist destinations in Tennessee --
and just a half hour off both I-24 and I-40.

 

A stop at Falcon Rest Mansion for individual or group tours is a great way to enjoy the Tennessee backroads
without going out of your way. It's a "must see in Tennessee."

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

Last Updated November 11, 2014
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