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Address: 2645 Faulkner Springs Rd, McMinnville, TN 37110-1193
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+1 931-668-4444
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Falcon Rest is the Victorian mansion where history is fun. Built in 1896 by...

Falcon Rest is the Victorian mansion where history is fun. Built in 1896 by Gorilla Pants manufacturer Clay Faulkner, it's been called "Tennessee's Biltmore" by PBS. Some say it's presided over by a friendly ghost. Open daily year round for guided tours, tea room lunches, Victorian Gift Shop, and history-based entertainment and meals for group tours.

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Nice tour. Want to stay the night next time.

Very nice tour we got there around 10:30 - 11:00. Only ones on the tour. See the breakfast she was serving and it looked awesome. I would like to go back to stay the night and do... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 11, 2016
Carol H
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Georgia
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Georgia
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59 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

Very nice tour we got there around 10:30 - 11:00. Only ones on the tour. See the breakfast she was serving and it looked awesome. I would like to go back to stay the night and do the murder mystery. Very unique items in the gift shop. No pictures inside the house.

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Florence, Alabama
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245 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

My wife found this place while browsing the Internet. We made our way there on a late fall afternoon for a tour. (Note: The $12 per person admission seemed a bit steep at first. However, after experiencing Falcon Rest along with the tour guide/owner sharing the story of its life & restoration, the paying of this admission was more akin... More 

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Charlien M, General Manager at Falcon Rest Mansion, responded to this review

You zeroed in on an important key to Falcon Rest's success, Buster. You were indeed sharing in its continuing life. It is the money customers like you spend here that makes it possible to maintain, continue restoring, and keep the mansion open to the public. Now, could I get you to change that to "very young for their age senior"... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

The tour is comprehensive. Plenty of Mansion history and local history and especially about the original family and its descendants. Well worth the time and money.

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Charlien M, General Manager at Falcon Rest Mansion, responded to this review

We're delighted to hear you found your visit to Falcon Rest so worthwhile. It's the people connected to a building and the experiences they had there that make its history come to life. More 

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52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

Quaint restored mansion from 1890s. Learned local history of the family and home. Our guide George was entertaining and informative. A beautiful drive from Nashville and you do get the benefit of seeing the nursery capital of the world.

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Charlien M, General Manager at Falcon Rest Mansion, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking that ride from Nashville to visit, Pam. McMinnville is exactly halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga, so it is an ideal side trip from either town or a stop in between the two. In addition to being the nursery capital of the world and the home of Falcon Rest Mansion, McMinnville/Warren County also boasts Cumberland Caverns show... More 

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675 reviews
341 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 808 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

We'll be back. It's a beautiful place. We love finds like this and you will too. The gardens are well tended, the home is inspiring. They want to compare to the Biltmore and that's just a local pipedream, but for the area, there is nowhere like it. We love the Victorian tendency and the southern verandas. It's nice to walk... More 

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Charlien M, General Manager at Falcon Rest Mansion, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. We look forward to your return visit! More 

Cookeville, Tennessee
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56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We got totally involved in staying, viewing, and becoming part of history in the John Hunt Morgan Civil War Show for my Granddaughter's birthday (re:Mattie Mae Hunt) . We all had parts in the show. It was quite unusual and fun! The motel-type rooms were, of course, old. We got the cottage and the carriage house. There was plenty of... More 

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Charlien M, General Manager at Falcon Rest Mansion, responded to this review

Our three group tour shows are all designed to bring real history to life for people of all ages. We're so glad your family was able to participate in the show as well as staying on the grounds at Falcon Manor B&B. Hopefully everyone not only had fun but went away with a new or renewed love of history. More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

My wife and I were blessed. We arrived around 3 PM and the owner, Charlien gave us a grand tour. Obviously, since we were the only ones on the tour and I am sure expenses are high so we totally understood lights on/lights off concept. Charlien actually told us we could wonder each room while she was talking and we... More 

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Charlien M, General Manager at Falcon Rest Mansion, responded to this review

Aw, how sweet, Kenny! Of all the nice reviews we've received, I can't recall one that said my tour made them feel blessed. We really do try to make all our visitors feel as special as we know they are. It was my privilege to get to meet you. As for the lights, I tell people we were green when... More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016

A group of us women took a tour of the mansion before lunch. The mansion was gorgeous with old furniture and memorabilia but our tour was way too fast to really enjoy the mansion. Our tour guide turned on the light when we entered a room, talked no more than a minute in each room, then turned the light off... More 

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Charlien M, General Manager at Falcon Rest Mansion, responded to this review

I just saw your review last night and apologize for not responding sooner. We're glad you enjoyed your lunch, the mansion and its furnishings, but are so sorry you felt rushed on your tour. We don't have staff members stationed at various places in the mansion so tourists can explore on their own for an unlimited time, but I doubt... More 

McMinnville, Tennessee
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016

My daughter's class had a dinner and show at this establishment. It was so much fun and the food was very tasty. It was interesting to hear about the heritage of the mansion and the 'ghosts.' This is an awesome place to have a wedding or a family get together. I highly recommend visiting it. Oh! and there is a... More 

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Falconfirstlady, General Manager at Falcon Rest Mansion, responded to this review

We love having school groups for our interactive history-based shows. Everyone in the audience (kids and their adults) gets to be a real person from history. We give them a card to wear with historical information about their character but no lines, and just turn them loose to have fun with the interaction. Don't tell the kids, but they're learning... More 

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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

We did the dinner and a show plus a tour of the mansion. The show was fun, the food was surprisingly good and I enjoyed looking through the mansion afterwards. The tour was "wherever you want to go" with no ropes holding you back. The couple who put on the show and tour are the owners and are very friendly.... More 

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Falconfirstlady, General Manager at Falcon Rest Mansion, responded to this review

Thanks so much Paul. You're right, we are proud of the progress we've made over a quarter century of restoration. When we really get to enjoy it, though, is when we see it through the eyes of visitors like you. Thanks for helping make all the efforts worthwhile. More 

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