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McMinnville in Warren County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Clay Faulkner

April 11, 1845 - August 26, 1916

 
 
Clay Faulkner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charlien McGlothin, March 16, 2013
1. Clay Faulkner Marker
Builder and original owner of Falcon Rest Mansion.
Inscription. In 1873, Clay Faulkner opened Mountain City Woolen Mills. He built a mansion in 1896 named Falcon Rest, which had indoor plumbing, electricity, central steam heat, and a telephone. After finding mineral springs on the grounds, he converted the woolen mills into Faulkner Springs Hotel health resort. Faulkner also led in building McMinnville Methodist Church and the Great Falls Cotton Mill at Rock Island.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2E 73.)
 
Location. 35° 43.03′ N, 85° 45.7′ W. Marker is in McMinnville, Tennessee, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Faulkner Springs Road and Bluff Springs Road, on the left when traveling north on Faulkner Springs Road. Click for map. Located in the northeast corner of the Falcon Rest Mansion & Gardens grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2645 Faulkner Springs Road, McMinnville TN 37110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Birthing Tree (approx. 1.7 miles away); W. S. "Dad" Lively (approx. 2.4 miles away); Morgan's Headquarters (approx. 2.5 miles away); Uncle Dave Macon
Clay Faulkner Marker at Falcon Rest Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Charlien McGlothin, March 16, 2013
2. Clay Faulkner Marker at Falcon Rest Mansion
(approx. 2.5 miles away); Symbol of Strength (approx. 2.5 miles away); Elisha Pepper II (approx. 2.5 miles away); Occupation of McMinnville (approx. 2.5 miles away); 16th Tenn. Reg’t. C.S.A. Memorial (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in McMinnville.
 
Regarding Clay Faulkner. Clay Faulkner grew up in the Faulkner Springs community where the marker is located. His father Asa was an early industrialist in the county and had a mill about ¼ mile down the road. Clay manufactured “Gorilla Pants” in his Mountain City Woolen Mill, which was located across the road from the marker. After discovering curative mineral water on the property, Faulkner converted the mill building in 1906 into a mineral springs resort called the Faulkner Springs Hotel.

By 1896, he had tired of the 2½ mile buggy ride from his home in McMinnville. He promised his wife "the grandest mansion in Tennessee" if she would move across the road from his factory. Their Queen Anne Victorian mansion, called Falcon Rest, is currently open to the public as a historic tourist attraction.
 
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Clay Faulkner image. Click for full size.
By Charlien McGlothin, circa 1890
3. Clay Faulkner
Photograph by W.S. "Dad" Lively
 Falcon Rest Mansion & Gardens. (Submitted on March 19, 2013.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
Falcon Rest Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Charlien McGlothin, April 27, 2009
4. Falcon Rest Mansion
Clay Faulkner home, now historic tourist attraction
Advertisement for "Gorilla Pants" image. Click for full size.
By Charlien McGlothin, 1896
5. Advertisement for "Gorilla Pants"
Early Photo of Falcon Rest Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Charlien McGlothin, 1897
6. Early Photo of Falcon Rest Mansion
Rowboats on lake at Faulkner Springs Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Charlien McGlothin, circa 1907
7. Rowboats on lake at Faulkner Springs Hotel
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Charlien McGlothin of McMinnville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on , by Charlien McGlothin of McMinnville, Tennessee. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Charlien McGlothin of McMinnville, Tennessee.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Charlien McGlothin of McMinnville, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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