McMinnville in Warren County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
April 11, 1845 - August 26, 1916
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. Touch 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 POW and MIA Memorial (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). Touch for a list and map 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.
Also see . . . Falcon Rest Mansion & Gardens. (Submitted on March 19, 2013.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2013, by Charlien McGlothin of McMinnville, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on March 19, 2013, by Charlien McGlothin of McMinnville, Tennessee. Photos: 1. submitted on March 18, 2013, by Charlien McGlothin of McMinnville, Tennessee. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 19, 2013, by Charlien McGlothin of McMinnville, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.