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, currently open only on weekends unless otherwise specified (as of 6/14). Tours to several important historic buildings are also offered on certain days  for visitors. Please contact us at  or call us at 423-628-2441 for specific information. We also have special events and workshops throughout the year. Please click on our Calendar for more 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 this year!

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 cars and British Motorcars and Motorbikes to Rugby in two separate annual events: this will be the fourth year for both events. Others helped develop the Appalachian Writers’ Series, which has brought prominent regional writers to our Rebecca Johnson Theatre. 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. It featured an original play called ‘Full Circle’, both written and performed by many of our talented Rugbeians! The Rugby Quilt Event will be featured again in April of 2015.

A second annual Antique Street Fair along our ‘main street’ previewed this year on the weekend of June  21st and 22nd and an upcoming Appalachian Heritage Day and Founder’s Day will be presented on the weekend of October 4th and 5th, 2014. A special  Commemoration of the Founding of the Rugby Colony will take place on October 5th.

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 13th.

Our villagers also open their homes for HRI’s Pilgrimage, which alternates every other year with the Christmas Home Tour. 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!

Get more information on what’s going on in Rugby today by checking our  Facebook page, or our website’s  Events and Activities  page, our Calendar or our electronic (email) Newsletter for more information. 

We are so lucky to call this special place home…won’t you come by and visit us sometime soon?