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.)

Summer Operating Hours

The Visitor Centre is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am until 5pm. Tours are held at 10am, Noon, 2pm, and 4pm. Sunday hours are from 11am to 5pm, with tours at noon, 2pm and 3:30pm.

The Commissary is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am-6pm. Sunday hours are noon-6pm.

The Harrow Road Cafe is open 11-4 on Thursday; 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) is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:30am to 5:30pm; and on Sunday from noon to 5:30pm. It is closed on Wednesday. The Missions Matter Shop in the village is 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.