Rugby offers a variety of shops and unique merchandise. We feature crafts and goods made in Appalachia and from around the world. From original works of art to antiques, candy to curiosities, and books to baskets, there are treasures waiting for your discovery
Commissary and Museum Store
If you’ve been to our commissary you know that it’s anything but common and there is something for everyone. The building is a reconstruction but the charm is all original. Books about Rugby or mementos of your visit are available. Your morning coffee or afternoon tea from a Historic Rugby mug or one crafted by a local potter is just the ticket to bring back that relaxed Rugby feeling. A t-shirt printed by our own Rugby Screen Printing Guild? We have them. Finely crafted knives, pens, jewelry and quilts? Yep, it’s waiting for you. Prints, cards, books and ornaments, and all with that local flavor that you’re looking for.
Our commissary supports artists within a hundred mile radius of Historic Rugby by offering a venue to showcase their art and craft. If you are interested in placing your creations with us please call 423-628-5188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. It’s our mission.
Comming Soon – 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.
Spirit of Red Hill
For a number of years, Donna Heffner and Annie Patterson operated The Spirit of Red Hill Shop from the Rugby Board of Aid. When that building became the location for an expanded Rugby archive, the two did something amazing: They bought property across the street and re-created one of Rugby’s historic buildings, the Alexander-Perrigo House. The Spirit of Red Hill Shop now resides there, along with addition lodging offered within our village.
The original boarding house that stood on this site was first operated by the Samuel Alexander family in the 1890s and next by Ora and Winfield Scott Perrigo. Many memories have been shared by decendants that add a rich texture to the reconstructed Alexander-Perrigo House.
The Spirit of Red Hill offers, in the owners’ own words, “Nature Art And Oddiments.” The art is multi-faceted, including nature paintings by Donna and gourd art by both Donna and Annie. You’ll find hand-crafted jewelry, ornaments, cards, and a variety of other remarkably creative items.
Then there are the oddiments. What’s an oddiment? According to the owners: “When you can’t find the exact word you need sometimes a bit of artistic license is required. Thus, oddiments. We define oddiments as ‘anything that strikes our fancy that is older than we are.’ Think of it as a mix of oddities and ornaments and you’ll see where we’re headed.
“In the oddiment category of our shop you’ll find antiques and vintage wares, coins, books and other curiosities that make one stop and marvel a bit. You’ll also find one-of-a-kind creations using vintage items that can be called upcycled, repurposed, recycled, but really, we hate to let anything go to waste.” See more at the shop website: Spirit of Red Hill.
Gallery at Historic Rugby
A new art gallery has started its second year in the historic Board of Aid to Land Ownership building at Historic Rugby.
“The Gallery At Rugby,” a new venture by artist and longtime area resident Freeman Davenport, opened on June 1. It features works from area artists for sale, and on display in monthly themed shows.
Davenport has for years offered instruction 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.
For 2019, Davenport has scheduled a series of monthly shows through December. They include:
June: “Images of Rugby” with historic photos from the Rugby Archives (see it June 22, too, at the Annual Membership Meeting reception)
July: “Summertime” art & fine crafts from V. Bonham, L. Gabbard, H.M. Powell & M. White
August “Collage of the Artist” (plus Plein Air Workshop, Aug. 1-4)
September: “Rugbeians Show” with works from Rugby’s current residents
October “Mitchell White” oil paintings (with Oct. 12 meet the artist reception)
November: “Holidays” (plus Nov. 8-10 Plein Air Workshop)
December: “Tis the Season”
Davenport has also issued a call to artists: “We are seeking artists to exhibit their work. Our selection committee will review your art submissions either on line or in person. Please include a brief biography and images with submissions. We’re looking forward to having numerous artists represented,” she said.
Davenport also has her studio in the gallery.
Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays, 11:00-4:00 Eastern time, through December. To contact the gallery, phone 423-628-2991 or email email@example.com
Marjorie Kagels is a Rugby resident who is on a mission: She supports mission work in many parts of the world by collecting merchandise from craftspeople in Africa, South America, and other locations, then offering it for sale at her Missions Matter shop.
All proceeds from shop sales go to the missions. Marjorie pays to run the shop from her own pocket as her way of supporting the mission work
In the shop, you’ll find baskets, clothing, crafts, jewelry, and numerous other things, all bought at fair trade prices. The artistry is stunning, especially in such things as hand painted dresses and blankets and woven goods.
The shop is open when Marjorie has time in her schedule, but it’s a wonderful treat to see.
Please Be Seated
Adjacent to The Spirit of Red Hill, in an original Rugby building (Joe’s Place), Annie Patterson and Donna Heffner have opened a small shop offering antique and handcrafted chairs. There are inexpensive recycled chairs and stunning handbuilt rockers.
You’ll never know what what you’ll find in this unique shop, but most people find something that makes them think, “I wonder if I could use that.
Drop in and have a seat.