Historic Rugby presents Ghostly Gathering on Saturday, October 24th and 31st, from 5:30 p.m.-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 at the Historic Rugby Community Building, followed by oil lamp tours of several historic buildings featuring the new “Rugby Edged in Black” exhibit of Victorian mourning customs. If you missed them last year, this is your chance!
During the tour, guests meet the “ghosts” of some of Rugby’s earliest residents and hear their stories, along with tales of the village’s several ghosts. 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. Learn how death affected the Victorians and how their customs still move us today. The event is followed by hot cider around a bonfire (weather permitting), with more spooky stories.
Details about tickets are still coming, but lodging can be reserved on our website.
For more information or directions, contact Historic Rugby 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!