When a just-for-fun murder takes
place at Falcon Rest in McMinnville, Tenn., it’s the tour group
members in the audience who are the real stars of the show.
The interactive “whodunit” assigns them
real characters from 1897, then turns them loose to ad-lib to their hearts’
content. Needless to say, it never comes out exactly the same way twice.
But it always lives up to Falcon Rest’s reputation as "the
Victorian mansion where history is fun."
"Murder at the Mansion," takes place during
a delicious meal served in Falcon Rest's Victorian Carriage House dining
The show is set at an elegant dinner party given
in 1897 by “Gorilla Pants” manufacturer Clay Faulkner and
his wife Mary, celebrating completion of their new mansion. The guest
list includes the extended Faulkner family and a variety of McMinnville
notables from 1897, along with nationally prominent individuals such as
President William McKinley, Rev. Sam Jones, Susan B. Anthony, and Annie
Oakley. To Mrs. Faulkner’s dismay, a town drunk and the local madam
could show up as well.
All shows include a delicious three-course meal, the interactive
history show, a "no-ropes or barriers" tour of Falcon
Rest Mansion, and shopping in the Victorian Gift Shop. Allow about
three hours for a leisurely visit.
Gems from the Gent
Time and again we've been touched as our guests
said what a wonderful experience they'd had at one of our group
tour shows. For example, I recall the shy 80-year-old cancer survivor
who told his wife, "If something happens to me tonight,
please call all my friends on the bus trip and tell them I had more
fun than I have ever had in one day at Falcon Rest."
more comments from our visitors ...
Falcon Rest actors
play Mr. and Mrs. Faulkner and their faithful cook Mag. When audience
members arrive, they’re given signs identifying their characters
with historical details on the back. There are no lines to remember
or pressure to participate, so they’re free to interact in
character with the Falcon Rest players as much or as little as they
Mr. Faulkner carries on an impromptu conversation
with his guests during the banquet, and they can be counted on to
come up with some pretty hilarious dialogue.
A performance can be scheduled any time at
your convenience for a group or 20 or more. (We'll "murder"
at breakfast, lunch or dinner, seven days a week.) Call 931-668-4444
or e-mail for information
or to make reservations.
our Group Tour Profile Sheet for Details
on all Four "Faces of Fun" at Falcon Rest
Show, Meal and Tour:
$30 per person
Show, Meal and Tour:
$32 per person
an area step-on tour for even
more fun: $2 per person
Sales tax additional 9.75%
Everything you need to plan and promote your trip:
Murder at the Mansion Menu
Herb chicken breast, strawberry-pretzel salad, roasted potatoes, Southern beans, double chocolate cake, rolls and beverages
Want to do more in the area? Check out our itinerary ideas to add
fun Tennessee stops to a day trip or mult-day trip.
McMinnville is on your way to anywhere through Middle Tennessee.
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