Commissary and Museum Store

Open Thur. 10-4 Eastern, Fri/Sat 10-5, Sun. Noon-4

Enjoy shopping at the Rugby Commissary and Museum Store; from unique local crafts to special Victorian era items to more modern amenities. You can find anything you need for that special person (or yourself!) in our Commissary or our Visitor Centre Museum Shop. Commissary phone: 423-628-2441 Ext. 2.   Help welcome our 2022 clerk, Danielle from nearby Armathwaite!

       Sprit of Red Hill

Other shops in the central Rugby Village district include the Spirit of Red Hill Shop (reopening 2022 for weekends in March) managed by Donna Heffner and Annie Patterson and featuring original nature prints and gourd art by Donna Heffner, shown above. Please call (423)-628-5562 or (423)-627-4397 for shop days and times. Toll free number 1-855-392-9332. Follow this link to get to their website:

The Gallery at Rugby

A new art gallery is in the historic Board of Aid to Land Ownership building at Historic Rugby. Reopening in May, 2022.

“The Gallery At Rugby,” a venture by artist and longtime area resident Freeman Davenport. It features works from area artists for sale and on display in monthly themed shows. 

Davenport has for years offered tips to other artists through workshops and plein air events in Rugby. In 2017, she and other artists created a seasonal gallery in the Board of Aid.

Rugby Printing Works

See An Antique Printing Press In Action. And Take Home A Souvenir.

One of the first things the original settlers of Rugby did was to start their own newspaper, The Rugbeian. It was originally printed in Cincinnati and shipped in by train. But on July 2, 1881, Rugby started to print its newspaper locally, continuing for years. This print shop was originally in nearby Deer Lodge, TN, but is now in Rugby next door to the Harrow Road Cafe site. Open  Saturdays 10-4 EDT & Sundays 1-4 EDT.

Mission Matters Shop. (Currently closed in 2021)

Five years ago, at age 76, Marjorie Kagels joined a dulcimer band and became a full-time resident of Historic Rugby.  She settled into Onderdonk Cottage, a replica of the original built by Cornelius Onderdonk, the colony’s architect. Her dulcimer trio became a quartet and changed its name to “Heartstrings.” Her Mission Matters Shop benefits medical work in Africa.