Falcon Rest Mansion and Gardens, McMinnville, TN.  Where history is fun.
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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

"George and Charlien McGlothin are truly dedicated preservationists.
"The Clay Faulkner home is the third old house they've restored.
"This time, it took them 4-1/2 years."
--"The Best Restorations in America,"
Bob Vila's American Home Magazine

About the people behind the restoration ...

George McGlothin left a career in management to come back to his home town of McMinnville and restore Falcon Rest. As school children who came for a tour reported in the local paper, "Mr. McGlothin loves his house." He can tell stories about it at a mile a minute. That's probably why Middle Tennessee's Sunday magazine described him as "a walking encyclopedia dressed in a tuxedo."

In addition to starring in our four history-based group shows, George's favorite pastimes are restoring old houses, buying for his Victorian Gift Shop, and rooting for the New Orleans Saints football team (he's been loyal to a fault -- but it finally paid off a few years back!).

George's wife Charlien took weekends and holidays off from her job as a NASA public affairs writer to help with the restoration. Since 1995, she's devoted full time to serving as Falcon Rest's general manager and master chef, and using her PR experience to get the word out about Falcon Rest -- including developing this web site. Her South Louisiana heritage is reflected in their mouth-watering menu specialties.

Gems from the Gent

The Day that Changed Our Lives

Did you ever have a day that completely changed the course of your life?

Mine came in March 1989.

That's when I attended the auction of the old hospital building where my sister was born ... out of curiosity ... and ended up in the tourism business.

We'd already restored two old houses, so when I showed up at my parents' home in McMinnville, Tenn., and told them I was looking for local investment property, Mother asked, "Did you know they're auctioning off the old hospital?" After all, it had been a magnificent Victorian mansion before being disguised as a medical facility in the 1940s, '50s and '60s.

Dad said: "Don't tell him that. He might go buy it!"

I was intrigued enough to go look, and what I saw wasn't encouraging. An aborted demolition of the hospital additions had left the back of the buildng looking like a bomb had hit it. Still, the mansion's original beauty shone through.

Even more intrigued, I went to the auction. The hospital estate made the opening bid. I bid $50 more -- just so I wouldn't waste the trip -- and nobody else said a word.

The next thing I heard was the auctioneer declaring, "Going once, going twice, SOLD to that sucker over there!" OK, maybe he didn't say "sucker," but given the magnitude of the restoration, he probably could have.

We hired some folks to tear down the rest of the hospital additions and put on a new roof, but the long-suffering Victorian Lady and I literally did 95% of the restoration ourselves. I spent a year of my life under the mansion doing wiring and plumbing. When I started, I was handsome, had a full head of dark hair, and my sanity. Just look at me now!

After 4-1/2 years of plumbing, wiring, plastering, woodworking, and painting, we were ready to share Clay Faulkner's resurrected mansion with the world. In 1997, the National Trust for Historic Preservation rewarded our efforts with a first place prize in their Great American Home Award competition.

Old-house lovers from all over the world have toured Falcon Rest. For many, the visit is extra special because they are not only meeting the owners; they are meeting the people who actually did the restoration.
It tells them there is hope for those wonderful old buildings out there, and that it doesn't take the government or multi-million dollar grants to rescue them. Hopefully, we're inspiring lots of other regular folks like us to become historical environmentalists, and recycle architectural treasures that would otherwise be lost.

 

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


Last Modified March 2017. Falcon Rest Mansion and Gardens.