What Is Rugby?

We’re a Victorian English village, established in 1880, on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. Created as a utopian community, Rugby has a rich history that we share with visitors from around the world.

What We Offer

Historic Rugby offers tours of our historic buildings, plus lodging, shops, and dining. We are also connected to a National Park and State Natural Area, with hiking trails ranging from easy to challenging.

Attend An Event

We host a series of events each year, ranging from guided hikes to car shows to formal Victorian galas. Learn about them here.

Join Historic Rugby

A membership keeps you informed of everything happening here, and helps support our preservation and restoration efforts. (We receive no federal or state funding; we rely on people like you.)

Winter Operating Hours

The Visitor Centre will reopen in March. Tours will resume then (group tours available by appointment; minimum 10 people until March).

The Commissary will reopen Saturday, January 13th. Its winter hours until March are 10am-5pm Saturday; Noon-5pm Sunday.

The Harrow Road Cafe’s winter hours are 11-4 and 5-9 on Fridays; 8:30-4 and 5-9 on Saturdays; and 8:30-5pm on Sunday.

The Spirit of Red Hill Shop in the Village (nature art, vintage goods, oddities) will be open  Saturdays and Sundays in January. Hours are 11-5, but may vary slightly due to weather or other conditions.. The Missions Matter Shop in the village will be open selective hours.

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Directions

Historic Rugby is located on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, between Knoxville and Crossville. From Knoxville, travel either I-75 North to Exit 141 (Huntsville/Oneida) ,then Highway 63 to Highway 27. Turn on Highway 52 and follow the signs; or (from the west side of town) take Pelissippi Parkway (62) through Oak Ridge, then turn right onto 27 at Oliver Springs. Follow 27 to Elgin, then turn on 52 and follow the signs.

From Crossville, follow Highway127 North to Jamestown, then turn onto Route 296 to Allardt. Then follow Highway 52 to Rugby.