Historic Rugby presents Ghostly Gathering on Saturday, October 24 and 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern. This event includes tours of the historic buildings, a chili supper, and ghost stories being told by Appalachian storytellers.
This yearly Halloween-season celebration is a favorite among village visitors, who enjoy a homemade chili dinner with dessert, followed by oil lamp tours of several historic buildings featuring the new “Rugby Edged in Black” exhibit of Victorian mourning customs. If you missed this event last year, or want to see what’s changed, this is your chance!
During the tour, guests meet the “ghosts” of some of Rugby’s earliest residents and hear their stories. This year’s event includes a look at the death and mourning customs of the Victorian era through the death of Margaret Hughes on October 5, 1887. Hear funeral hymns and Appalachian dirges while residents mourn her passing. The event concludes with a storyteller spinning more spooky stories in the crisp fall air. Guests are encouraged to wear protective face masks, and even Halloween costumes if you wish.
Tickets at $25 for adults and $15 for students are available here: https://historic-rugby-inc-3.square.site/ or just call us for more information at (423) 628-2441. Visitors are encouraged to visit our website for more information about the village https://www.historicrugby.org. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/historicrugby/. We look forward to seeing you!
This event is supported in part by a generous grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.