Rugby today is a living historic village that consists of a non-profit called Historic Rugby, Inc., its members, and a small 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 several lodging facilities, The Harrow Road Cafe and our store, The Commissary. Tours to important historic buildings are also offered on certain days for visitors. Due to the last few severe and unpredictable winters, our “season” now begins in mid March and continues through mid-December. Hours of operation for our tours, store and Cafe are seasonal, so please contact us or call us at 423-628-2441 for specific information.
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 popular historic Print Shop open on high traffic weekends!
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.
The second Hike Rugby! Event kicks off our season on Saturday, March 14, 2015 with guided hikes on seven different trails. This event began last year as a memorial to Eric Wilson, a long-time member and resident who was an avid outdoorsman. In honor of his contributions to hiking in the area, fellow members and residents have been working hard to connect many trails to create a longer hiking experience within Rugby, and are currently creating maps and a brochure. Come to this March event and see what’s new in hiking around Rugby!
The Rugby Quilt Guild will host their third two-day biannual Quilt Event the weekend of April 10- 11, 2015. This year the theme is “Rugby Quilts Wave the Red, White and Blue”.
Residents and members have brought their love of antique cars and British motorcars and motorbikes to Rugby in two separate annual events. Both the Classic Car Show on June 27 and the British Car Show on August 22, 2015 are in their fifth year. Others helped develop the Appalachian Writers’ Series, now in its fourth year, which has brought prominent regional writers to our Rebecca Johnson Theatre.
In October, one of the most beautiful months in Rugby, our upcoming Appalachian Heritage Days will be presented the weekend of October 3 and 4, concurrently with Christ Church’s Michaelmas Festival.
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. We have a special presentation for you at the Laurel Dale Cemetery on Saturday, September 12, 2015.
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. This year has proven to be an especially active year for our outdoor volunteer group-expect some exciting announcements in the near future!
We are so lucky to call this special place home…won’t you come by and visit us sometime soon?