Fall In Love With Our Village.

Historic Rugby is an 1880 Victorian village on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. We started an a unique English colony created to right social wrongs. Now we are a living village that shares the experiences of the past, provides stewardship for historic buildings and environmental treasures, and offers a haven to reflect and relax.


Learn Rugby’s remarkable story, and tour historic buildings, including the first free public library in the South.


Rugby hosts scores of events each year with festivals, car shows, formal teas, Halloween and Christmas specials, even Irish Road Bowling.


Ten beautiful hiking trails (of varying difficulty) begin in Rugby and lead into the Rugby State Natural Area or the Big South Fork national park.


Historic Rugby’s staff welcomes you to the Harrow Road Cafe, with English, American and more delicious fare & drink libations.


One of a kind gifts, amazing crafts and remarkable art and “oddities” are waiting in Rugby’s Commissary and unique shops.


Rugby offers historic lodging, complete with period furnishings, or a rustic cabin feel. Get away and relax, with WIFI, or without.

HOURS  of Operation 

Visitor Centre

Thur.-Sat. & Mon., 10am to 5pm EDT
Tours at 10am, Noon, 2pm and 4pm
Sunday, 11am to 5pm
Tours at Noon, 2 and 3:30pm

Harrow Road Cafe 
Thursday, 11 to 6 EDT

Friday-Saturday, 11 to 8 EDT

Sunday, Noon to 6 EDT

Thursday-Saturday 10 am – 6 pm EDT
Sunday 1-6 pm





Rugby Printing Works
Saturday 10am – 4pm EDT
Sunday  1 – 4 pm
Open most Fridays, depending on volunteer schedules

The Spirit of Red Hill Shop
Thur.-Sat. & Mon. 10:30am – 5:30pm EDT
Sunday Noon – 5:30pm

The Missions Matter Shop
Open selective hours

The Gallery at Rugby
Thursday-Sunday 11am – 4pm EDT

All Times Eastern

News and Press Room

All things happening in and about 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.