We’ll raise a cup to Queen Victoria, who reigned when Rugby started in 1880 and dominated her Victorian Era. This year marks the 183rd since she came to the throne in 1837 (as seen above). Rugby residents regularly prayed for her and for the president at Christ Church here. They also flew a Union Jack from the schoolhouse belfry when she died in 1901.

This festive tea will include sandwiches, scones and desserts as well, so save an appetite for these goodies. It will be held in historic Uffington House, home of the late Margaret Hughes (1797-1887), mother of Rugby’s founder Thomas Hughes. Tickets (available online 3 months before the event) will be $22.  Please call Sue at 423-628-2441 for any questions or early reservations.