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 (CLOSED) or the Big South Fork national park (CLOSED 4/6/2020)


Harrow Road Cafe reopens soon for Fri/Sat/Sun meals. Now try takeout lunch (daily except Sunday) at R.M. Brooks Store close by (423-628-2533). 


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 

 CLOSED until further notice

Harrow Road Cafe 
Projects reopening soon for Fri/Sat/Sun meals. Now R.M. Brooks Store here has takeout lunch daily except Sundays (423-628-2533) 


 Closed until further notice


 Closed until further notice







Rugby Printing Works
Closed until further notice

The Spirit of Red Hill Shop
Closed until further notice

The Missions Matter Shop
Closed until further notice

The Gallery at Rugby
Closed until June

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!