Rugby today is a living historic village that consists of a non-profit called Historic Rugby, Inc., its members, and a bustling community of residents and businesses. We remain a village much like the original village founded in 1880 by Thomas Hughes!
Historic Rugby, Inc. (HRI) offers our guests lodging facilities, a full service restaurant and stores. Tours are offered on an almost daily basis to several important historic buildings for visitors. HRI also hosts multiple events and workshops throughout the year!
Our talented villagers and members volunteer and partner with HRI on existing events and also help create new events.
We are fortunate that volunteers have coordinated to keep the historic Print Shop open on high traffic weekends this year! Volunteers have also helped HRI staff the Visitor Centre several days a week this spring and summer-without them we would have had to be closed on those days.
Our volunteers, working hand-in-hand with our staff members, are the reason we are able to provide quality programming and events throughout the year!
THANK-YOU! to everyone who participates in growing our community and historic non-profit!
Please read on to see the many and various ways our volunteers contribute to Historic Rugby.
Residents and members have brought their love of antique and British cars to Rugby in two separate annual events, this will be the third year for both events. Others helped develop the Appalachian Writers’ Series, which will soon broaden to include more topics. Rugby village gardeners put on a day-long series of workshops and activities for the Plateau Gardens Tour in the spring of 2012 and we look forward to another event in 2015! The Rugby Quilt Guild hosted their second two-day biannual Quilt Event on the weekend of April 12- 13, 2013. This year it featured an original play called ‘Full Circle’, both written and performed by many of our talented Rugbeians! A new annual Antique Street Fair along our ‘main street’ previewed this year on June 15 and an upcoming Appalachian Heritage Day will be presented on September 21, 2013, on the lawn of historic Uffington House..
Many villagers and members are amateur actors who participate in our Lantern Tours or in other plays that are occasionally presented in Historic Rugby’s 90-seat theater.
They also open their homes for HRI’s Pilgrimage, which alternates every other year with the Christmas Home Tour. The next Rugby Pilgrimage will take place in September, 2014. These same talented folks portray Victorian era villagers during our popular Ghostly Gathering in October and then again, portray villagers, and carolers during the Christmas in Rugby event. For many years almost the entire village has gathered together to make decorations for the historic buildings for the holidays!
Our outdoor enthusiasts help maintain the many trails within Rugby. In fact, interest in conservation and preserving the land around us led many Rugbeians in both managerial and Board positions, as well as community residents, to protect the land surrounding our village, thus helping create the new Rugby State Natural Area and other areas within Rugby that have protected easements.
Get more information on what’s going on in Rugby today by checking our Events and Activities , our Calendar, or our electronic (email) Newsletter for more information. Don’t forget that our Facebook feed, in the column at right has the most current information!
We are so lucky to call this special place home…won’t you come by and visit us sometime soon?