Falcon Rest Mansion in McMinnville, Tenn. Fun historic mansion tour between Nashville and Chattanooga
It's been 30 years!

Visit during our anniversary celebration – 30 years of making history fun, 1993–2023.

Watch our Facebook page for extra glimpses into the mansion’s history.

Regular hours 9 am to 5 pm Wednesdays thru Sundays.  Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
If you will only be in town on Monday and Tuesday, call for a tour appointment.
We will be happy to schedule one if a tour guide is available. We are always able to answer or return phone calls and to respond to e-mails, so feel free to contact us any day.

Guided mansion tours are not always available during shows, but you may be able to join the performance if space is available.
Next shows Thursday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 5.  TICKETS AVAILABLE by advance reservation. (Guided tours will resume at 1:30 pm days of shows.)
It’s always a good idea to call before coming to confirm hours

Where history is fun

Tour the Victorian mansion where history is fun.

Clay Faulkner, original owner of Falcon Rest Mansion in McMinnville, Tenn. Photograph by W.S. Dad Lively

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 “Gorilla Pants” factory, 2-1/2 miles north of McMinnville.

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.

Today, Mr. Faulkner’s Falcon Rest Mansion is open for tours as a historic attraction.  It’s filled with museum-quality Victorian antiques, and some say it’s presided over by a friendly ghost – perhaps the proud builder himself.

Open Wednesday thru Sunday
9 am to 5 pm

All times Central

Closed Monday and Tuesday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Adults & Teens: $15 | Children 4-12:$9

No charge ages 3 and under.
Sales tax additional.

PLEASE NOTE: The mansion and gardens are not visible from the road.  They are entirely hidden in the 1890s inside our tall holly hedge.  Enter at the Visitor Center just past the hedge at 85 Bluff Springs Road.  Access to the gardens is restricted to paid tourists, overnight guests, and participants in large events.

Three interactive history-based shows make stars of the people in the audience.

Includes full meal, show, mansion and gardens tour

Performances can be scheduled any time for groups of 20 or more.

Don’t have a group?  Individuals can join a scheduled group show.  Tickets now available for Thurs., Sept. 21, and Thurs., Oct. 5.

Falcon Manor: Bed & Breakfast at Falcon Rest

Extend your visit with a stay in one of four bed and breakfast style guest suites on the grounds of the mansion.

Rates: $105 – $160

Add optional gourmet breakfast at $10 each.
Sales tax additional.

About the Mansion

Where history is fun

Tennessee Crossroads feature on Falcon Rest Mansion & Gardens, McMinnville, TNGet an inside look at Falcon Rest Mansion, its history and its people, in this 2019 video feature from Tennessee Crossroads, long-running statewide travel showcase on Nashville PBS-TV. It’s been around so long, in fact, that this six minute video includes a few clips from their last visit to the mansion, shortly after it opened over 25 years ago!

We had the pleasure of touring Falcon Rest Mansion while we were camping at Rock Island State Park last week. We had a wonderful time and our tour guide was a wealth of information.  She made the tour very entertaining. I’d recommend a visit for anyone that loves history and beautiful old homes
… a lovely artwork of Tennessee history.” 

Sharon — on Facebook

Falcon Rest Mansion – the ideal tour stop or day trip between Nashville and Chattanooga

Things to do in McMinnville, TN, halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga
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