Address: 2645 Faulkner Springs Rd. McMinnville, TN 37110 Contact Email: falconrest@falconrest.com Phone: (931) 668-4444
#Falcon Rest Mansion and its 100-foot gingerbread veranda
#The mansion's original residents: Clay and Mary Faulkner and their five children
#Mansion in 1898, seen across the lake formed by the dam at Faulkner's mill
#Faulkner manufactured "Gorilla Pants" at his Mountain City Woolen Mill across the road
#Parlor where the Faulkner girls were married
#Rose Bedroom and some of Falcon Rest's museum-quality antiques
#Gardens representative of the bounty of McMinnville, "the nursery capital of the world"
#Courtyard gazebo and fountain
#Victorian Gift Shop that's been called an attraction in itself
#Lunch served daily in the Victorian Tea Room
#Tour groups love Falcon Rest
#Interactive history based shows for groups combine food and fun
#The perfect setting for a Victorian wedding
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From I-24: take Ex. 111 from Manchester. Go 25 mi. turn L. at the Falcon Rest sign onto Faulkner Springs Rd. From downtown McMinnville, take Spring Street across 70-S onto Faulkner Springs Rd.


     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."
      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 guided historic home tours, delicious meals and 1890s shopping in the Victorian Gift Shop and Tea Room, interactive entertainment shows with meals and tours for motorcoach groups, 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."

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City: McMinnville, TN
Region: Middle Tennessee
Subregion: Upper Cumberland

Admission Rates:
Adults $12, children (12 and under) $6, children 3 and under free.

Payment Types Accepted:
Visa, Cash, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX

Hours Open:
Mon. - Sun. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central time

Dates Closed:
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve and New Years Day

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