Learn Rugby’s remarkable story, and tour historic buildings, including the first free public library in the South. Tours Thur/Fri/Sat/ Sundays.


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 & the Big South Fork National Park. Trails OPEN for spring 2021.


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


One of a kind gifts, amazing crafts and remarkable art and “oddities” are waiting in Rugby’s Commissary. Open Thur. through Sun.


Rugby offers historic lodging, complete with period furnishings, or a rustic cabin feel. Get away and relax, with WIFI or  without. OPEN spring 2021.

HOURS  of Operation 

 Visitor Centre

 Thurs.-Sat. 9-5 EDT, Tours 10, Noon, 2 & 4. Sundays Noon-5 EDT, Tours 1 & 3

Harrow Road Cafe
 Closed following 9/4 fire. Try RM Brooks Store for lunch daily except Wed. & Sun. 423-628-2533


 Thur. Fri. Sat 10-5,  Sun 11-4


 OPEN Percy & Pioneer Cottages & Newbury House + newest addition: Ivy Cottage Annex (booking for Ivy exclusively on Airbnb)  

Rugby Printing Works
 Saturday 10-4 EDT, Sun. 1-4. Open some Fridays.

The Spirit of Red Hill Shop
Thur.-Sat. 10:30 – 5:30 EDT, Sun. Noon-5

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!