RUGBY, TN (May 20, 2015)—Teresa S. Bowman has been named the new executive director of Historic Rugby Inc. The HistoricRugby Inc. Board of Directors voted unanimously on the nomination May 16.
Bowman, a native of Knoxville, is a cultural anthropologist and former college instructor who also has a background in research and advertising. She has experience in retail, hospitality, and food service as well, which prepares her for overseeing the operations of the multiple facilities within the 135-year-old Victorian village located onthe Cumberland Plateau at the southern edge of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
Bowman will be responsible for maintaining and communicating the ideals upon which Rugby was established. Rugby was founded in 1880 with the goal of building a strong agricultural community through cooperative enterprise, while maintaining a cultured, Christian lifestyle, free of the rigid class distinctions that prevailed in Britain at the time. The village has continued for more than 13 decades, with numerous original buildings still in existence. Learn more about the history of Rugby and its unique attractions at www.historicrugby.org.
“I consider this a great honor—and a great responsibility,” Bowman said. “The principles upon which Rugby was founded more than a century ago are still relevant today—some maybe even more so now. My purpose is to help the citizens of Rugby and its many supporters worldwide share Rugby’s values—and pass them on to new generations.”
Bowman said Historic Rugby’s missions include historic preservation, outreach, education, environmental conservation, and helping people reconnect with their roots.
Today, Historic Rugby features what is believed to be the oldest completely preserved public library in the South; multiple adventure sports venues for hiking, kayaking and canoeing, and mountain biking; historic preservation with many of its original structures either restored or recreated; and numerous festivals and other special events throughout the year.
Rugby is also home to more than 80 residents, many of whom are retired professionals. New homes built in the village follow strict architectural guidelines to maintain the characteristics of the Rustic Victorian community. Rugby also boasts unique shops, and lodging at historic venues,
Rugby also boasts unique shops and lodging at historic venues, including Historic Newbury House, which has been hosting guests almost continuously since 1880. Nearby Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast Inn was voted one of the best B&Bs in Tennessee. Authentic English cuisine is available at the Harrow Road Café.
This weekend, May 23, Historic Rugby is hosting its 41st Spring festival: “Rugby Roots: Appalachian Arts with a British Beat.” Daytime performances begin at noon and continue through 6:30 p.m. Eastern. Festivities continue with an evening concert beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, featuring the event’s headline performers, Nashville-based The Twangtown Paramours.
Rugby is located just off State Scenic Hwy. 52, 16 miles southeast of Jamestown and 35 miles from either Interstate 40 or I-75 in East Tennessee on the southern edge of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.