Learn Rugby’s remarkable story, and tour historic buildings, including the first free public library in the South. TOURS resumed MAY 8.


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 (Reopened Apr. 24) or the Big South Fork national park (Reopened May 4)


Harrow Road Cafe is now CLOSED after a fire. BUT lunch is available at RM Brooks Store on the west end of Rugby daily except Sun. 423-628-2533


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


Rugby offers historic lodging, complete with period furnishings, or a rustic cabin feel. Get away and relax, with WIFI or  without. OPENED MAY 1

HOURS  of Operation 

 Visitor Centre

 Thur/Fri/Sat 9-5 Eastern, Sun Noon-5. Tours 10, Noon, 2, 4  and Sundays 1 & 3 Eastern

Harrow Road Cafe
 Closed following 9/4 fire. Try RM Brooks Store for lunch Mon. through Sat. 423-628-2533


 Thur 11-4, Fri-Sat 11-5, Sun Noon-5


 Percy & Pioneer Cottages & Newbury House (limited to 3 bookings). Newly added: Ivy Cottage Annex (booking on Airbnb)  

Rugby Printing Works
 Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4, select Fridays

The Spirit of Red Hill Shop
Thur/Fri/Sat 10:30-5:30, Sundays Noon to 5:30

The Gallery at Rugby
Thur-Sun 11-4 EDT

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!