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.)

Hours Of Operation

Our Early Spring Hours of Operation are Thursday-Saturday from 10am to 5pm Eastern Time, and Sunday, Noon to 5pm Eastern Time. Our Visitors Centre is open, offering tours until 4pm, and our Commissary and other village shops are open.

The Harrow Road Cafe is now open Thursday for lunch from 11am-3pm Eastern Time; Friday and Saturday for breakfast and lunch from 8am-3pm Eastern Time, then 5pm-9pm Eastern Time for dinner; and Sunday from 9am-4pm Eastern Time, serving a special brunch menu. You can also get news at theĀ Harrow Road Cafe Facebook page.

Historic Rugby


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.