Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

October 16, 2008

Order of the Confederate Rose visits Falcon Rest

History came alive when members from three chapters of the Tennessee Society Order of the Confederate Rose (OCR) and friends visited the Victorian mansion Falcon Rest in McMinnville Sept. 13.

The group took a step back in time to the Civil War era and enjoyed a delicious three-course luncheon based on recipes found in the war diary of Lucy Virginia French, a resident of McMinnville.

During the meal, some of the guests participated in the play about General John Hunt Morgan and his new bride, the former Mattie Ready, of Murfreesboro. The couple honeymooned in McMinnville for three months in 1863 at the invitations of Mattie's aunt, managing to elude the federals who chased General Morgan all the while. The play is called "The Honeymoon Ball of General John Hunt Morgan...His Last Happy Day." It is the newest offering of the Falcon Rest owners, George and Charlien McGlothin, who portray the general and Mrs. French respectively.

The luncheon and play were followed by a casual tour of the restored mansion that is tastefully furnished with exquisite period furnishings and accessories.

OCR chapters represented include the Roses of the Cumberlands Chapter 1 of Crossville, Aunt Polly Eaton Williams Chapter 10 of Gainesboro and the Highland Roses Chapter 14 of Cookeville.

The OCR is a support group of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and is dedicated to advancing the truth about southern heritage, based on documented history. Anyone interested in learning more about the OCR may call Ruby Pruett at 484-5688 or Carolyn Hedgecoth at 484-4187.

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