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 banquet hall.
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.
When a dastardly murder mars the celebration, Buffalo Bill Cody is on hand to identify the culprit.
All shows include a delicious three-course meal, the interactive history show, a “no-ropes or barriers” tour of Falcon Rest Mansion, exploration of the gardens, and shopping in the Victorian Gift Shop. Allow about three hours for a leisurely visit.
Add area step-on tour: $2 each
*Includes show, meal, mansion tour
9-3/4% sales tax additional.
20 person minimum.
Escort and bus driver (if applicable) complimentary with minimum paid
Served at table during the show: herb chicken breast, strawberry-pretzel salad, roasted potatoes, Southern green beans, double chocolate cake, rolls and beverages.
“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.”
80-year-old cancer survivor