Learn Rugby’s remarkable story, and tour historic buildings, including the first free public library in the South.


Rugby hosts scores of events each year with festivals, car shows, formal teas, Halloween and Christmas specials, even Irish Road Bowling.


Ten beautiful hiking trails (of varying difficulty) begin in Rugby and lead into the Rugby State Natural Area or the Big South Fork national park.


Historic Rugby’s staff welcomes you to the Harrow Road Cafe, with English, American and more delicious fare & drink libations.


One of a kind gifts, amazing crafts and remarkable art and “oddities” are waiting in Rugby’s Commissary and unique shops.


Rugby offers historic lodging, complete with period furnishings, or a rustic cabin feel. Get away and relax, with WIFI, or without.

HOURS  of Operation 

Visitor Centre

Thur.-Sat., 10am to 5pm EST
Tours at 10am, Noon, 2pm and 4pm
Sunday, 11am to 5pm
Tours at Noon, 2 and 3:30pm

Harrow Road Cafe 
Thursday, 11 to 4 EST

Friday-Saturday, 11 to 8 EST

Sunday, Noon to 5 EST

Friday-Saturday 10:30 – 5:30 EST
Sunday Noon – 5:30 EST



Rugby Printing Works
Saturday 10am – 4pm EST
Sunday  1 – 4 pm
Open most Fridays, depending on volunteer schedules

The Spirit of Red Hill Shop
Thur.-Sat. 10:30am – 5:30pm EST
Sunday Noon – 5:30pm

The Missions Matter Shop
Open selective hours

The Gallery at Rugby
Thursday-Sunday 11am – 4pm EST

All Times Eastern


Historic Rugby is located on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, between Knoxville and Crossville. From Knoxville, travel either I-75 North to Exit 141 (Huntsville/Oneida), then Highway 63 to a left on Highway 27. Turn right on Highway 52 and follow the signs; or (from the west side of town) take Pelissippi Parkway (62) through Oak Ridge, then turn right onto 27 at Oliver Springs. Follow 27 to Elgin, then turn on left on 52 and follow the signs to a marked right on Rugby Pkwy.

From Crossville, follow Highway 127 North to Jamestown, then right onto Route 296 through Allardt. Follow Highway 52 to a marked left onto Rugby Pkwy. In Eastern time zone, barely!