Historic Rugby presents Ghostly Gathering on two Saturdays, October 22 and 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern. This yearly Halloween-season celebration frequently sells out, and did last year. It 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 Rugby Edged in Black exhibit. If you missed this in the past or want to see what’s changed, now is your chance! The event concludes with a storyteller spinning more spooky stories in the crisp fall air.

This year Delanna Reed is returning as the storyteller for Oct. 22! A faculty member since 1999 in the Storytelling Program at East Tennessee State University, Dr. Reed has taught communication, oral interpretation of literature and storytelling since 1985. A singer, guitar player and storyteller, she collects and tells oral history stories, and delights audiences with folktales from Appalachia, Texas, and the world. She enjoys telling stories of humor, ghosts, strong women, and social justice. Her favorite stories touch upon the sacred, explore relationships and expand our understanding of humanity. And her ghost stories will leave you wondering about the noises and shadows around you.

For Oct. 29, Beth Ann Kilburn is back with her own stories! Beth Ann is proud to have grown up among the scenic beauty of McCreary County, Kentucky. Her love for stories began as a young girl as she sat on the porch of her grandparents’ home, listening to them share their memories. She has shared her talent at the Blue Heron Ghost Train and Haunting In The Hills Storytelling Festival for the Big South Fork NRRA, among other venues. Her ghost stories will leave you questioning the noises around you! 

During the tour each weekend, guests meet the “ghosts” of some of Rugby’s earliest residents and hear their stories. Rugby Edged in Black (included with all Thursday through Sunday tours during the month of October) offers a look at the death and mourning customs of the Victorian era through the death of Margaret Hughes on October 5, 1887, and examines other early Rugbeians’ experiences.

For TICKETS ($15 students, $25 adults) please click HERE. For questions, please call 423-628-2441 Ext. 1 Wednesdays through Sundays.

This event is supported in part by a generous grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Thank you, TAC!