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Dear Friend,
We’re tickled pink to offer so many fun things to do during June in Rugby. It all starts this weekend (June 13 & 14) with a great Street Fair with Antiques & Fine Crafts. Fair admission’s FREE! Remember us for Fathers’ Day on Sunday June 21, when the Harrow Road Café plans a tasty feast for Dad & family. Then we finish the special events with an Antique Car Show June 27, the day before Historic Rugby’s annual Membership Meeting. We’d love to see you here, for an event or just a day visit or overnight stay!
This Saturday & Sunday: Antiques, Fine Crafts, More

What treasures might you find at this weekend at Rugby’s annual Street Fair? Surely something among all the antiques and finely crafted items. See the blacksmith ironwork of Brad Greenwood. Peek in at Rugby’s working letterpress and see how it works. Browse the furniture, glassware, tools, books, linens & quilts. Christ Church Episcopal will hold a Rummage Sale for other bargains at the Friendly House behind the church. Food will be available inside and outside the Harrow Road Café. Fair admission is still FREE. Guided tours of the historic buildings require a modest fee. Come explore! 10-6 Eastern/9-5 Central both days.

Benefit Antique Car Show, Sat. June 27, FREE
Antique cars fill Rugby at the 2012 show We never know what great automobiles will show up for Rugby’s annual Benefit Antique Car Show. Come see! If you have a car to enter (just $10), click below for details. We’ll see them all, from upscale classics to down-home street rods. It’s FREE for spectators. Enjoy browsing, shopping at Rugby’s unique stores, a meal or snack, and help us preserve Rugby. Hours are 9-3/8-2 Central, so don’t be late.
LOOK FOR Fathers Day treat June 21, swimming hole’s star role
Clear Fork swimmers, Rugby 1940Historic Rugby Archives

What better way to salute Dad than a visit to Rugby with a Fathers’ Day lunch at the Harrow Road Café? The special will be Surf & Turf (coconut shrimp + N.Y. strip steak). Open until 4/3 Central on Sunday, June 21. Call 423-628-2441 for reservations.
       Watch out for articles on Rugby’s Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole later this month in the Knoxville News-Sentineland next month in Scott County’sIndependent Herald! We think it’s the oldest continually used swimming hole in the state, documented from 1880/81. Try it out! You can also take a free Ranger-guided hike there each Saturday and Sunday during the summer at 9:30/8:30 a.m. Central from the trailhead, thanks to the Big South Fork NRRA. (It’s in Rugby’s southern end of the national park.)
If you’re in Rugby June 17-20, you may see some writers about. Author Amy Greene will be holding a writers’ retreat here then. Help us welcome them.
If you’re a member of Historic Rugby (and we hope you are), join us June 28 for the Annual Membership Meeting at 1:30/12:30 Central in the Rebecca Johnson Theatre. Not a member yet? You can join securely online HERE. We hope you will.
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Come visit us, once is not enough!
Dear Friend
What better time to visit Rugby than this Saturday? Special activities from morning to night, as well as tours of the village’s historic buildings. From hiking to music to stories to dance, it’s all happening. One day only! We’ll be looking for you.
This Saturday: All this, for only that

We’ve set the lowest admission for a Spring event Rugby’s seen in many decades. And it helps Historic Rugby continue its nonprofit mission of saving the 1880 village and telling its stories. Come join us! Noon – 6:30 Eastern, plus an extra 7 p.m./6 Central concert in the Rebecca Johnson Theatre.

Hike this Saturday morning to see Mountain Laurel,
or with a Ranger to early colonists’ favorite spot! FREE
 Meet Rugby’s DeAnn Kirgan at 9:30 a.m. (8:30 Central) this Saturday at the Harrow Road Café for a guided hike to Rugby’s best trail for viewing Mountain Laurel. It’s part of Morgan County’s new celebration of this gorgeous native plant (seen here in DeAnn’s photo). Her hike will end in time for Rugby Roots events starting at noon/11 Central.
ALSO Saturday visit the newly reopened Rugby Visitor Contact Station for the Big South Fork park, next door to the Rugby Commissary. New 2015 Ranger Natasha Hamby Klug will lead hikes each Saturday and Sunday morning at 9:30/8:30 Central to the historic Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole on the Clear Fork River within the park. Just meet her at the trailhead opposite Rugby’s Laurel Dale Cemetery. The National Park Service ranger station is open 9-5 Eastern each Saturday & Sunday through Labor Day, as well as this Monday for Memorial Day. It features archival photos of Rugby’s part of the national park from the 1880s to the 1940s, as well as park and area information. You can even buy back country camping permits! 
Meet Teresa Bowman, Historic Rugby’s
New executive director

We’re thrilled to have a new executive director at Historic Rugby, Teresa Bowman. She comes to us from Knoxville and started just this week. Come meet her on Saturday, and learn more about her at the link here. Welcome, Teresa!

Rugby Roots events are made possible in part by a grant from the Arts Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation
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Lark in the Morn English Country Dancers, Rugby favorites for decades!

MAY 23 “Rugby Roots” fest: something for everyone ~ music, dance, stories
Preview the music acts’ videos! Join us in tent or theatre, rain or shine, $5 tickets
Rugby’s spring event is taking a slightly different shape this year. It’s “Rugby Roots: Appalachian Arts with a British Beat,” a single day packed with performing arts of all sorts. Music of all styles, story telling, and dance you can join in! Don’t miss this special Saturday-only chance for toe-tapping fun. Admission is only $5 for daytime only, or $8 including a unique evening concert by the tuneful acoustic duo Twangtown Paramours.  Hours are Noon to 6:30 p.m. (11-5:30 Central), with the 7/6 Central concert in the 100-seat Rebecca Johnson Theatre. Learn about all the acts, and sample some of the music. Then come join us!

May 23 Event Details


Click on the underlined music acts’ names to hear samples (And MANY THANKS to our sponsors)
Empty Bottle String Band
Roy Harper
Delanna Reed, stories
Judy Baker, tales
Michael Jacobs






Author Amy Greene writes about Rugby experience

Novelist Amy Greene came to Rugby last September to read from her book Long Man as part of Historic Rugby’s Appalachian Writers Series. The village left quite an impression with her, as you can read below. She’ll be back June 17-20 to lead a Writers’ Retreat. It’s not too late to sign up, but spaces are limited. Find out what most startled her about the village, founded by British author Thomas Hughes. What she wrote andDetails for joining her workshop

1920 card, Historic Rugby Archives

May 10, Mothers Day at Harrow Rd. Café

Rugby’s the perfect place to honor Mother. Bring her (and Grandmother, too) for a special treat. The Harrow Road Café is planning a Mother’s Day Brunch throughout the day on Sunday, May 10. The Café is open until 4/3 Central, so don’t miss it. For reservations, please call 423-628-2441 or 423-628-2350. Watch the website for more details!  HRI website

May 16-30, Mountain Laurel Walks, NEW area event

The area’s beautiful mountain laurel will be celebrated this year in a series of walks planned by the new Morgan County Tourism Alliance. Twenty-four different trails are highlighted, including those in Rugby on May 16 and 23. More may be offered later, so watch for announcements.  Visit the Wartburg Visitor Center on May 16 from 10-3/9-2 Central for a kickoff event with music, crafts, food and more! Event Details

Basket class instructor

Crafters coming June 13-14: sign up now by May 8

Craft artisans will be part of this year’s FREE Village Street Fair in Rugby June 13-14.  If you have a craft skill and would like to have a part in it, please sign up by the May 8 deadline. Details are on the website, along with the application form. For other questions, call 423-628-2441. The fair also features antique and vintage collectible vendors. Don’t miss it!  Craft Booth Application

Ranger station reopens May 23, weekend hikes resume

Rugby’s ranger station for the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is back on summer Saturdays & Sundays May 23 – Sept. 7, plus the Memorial & Labor Day Mondays themselves. (Look for an announcement soon from the National Park Service on who will be this year’s ranger-in-residence.) The station, in Historic Rugby’s Board of Aid building, is right on Rugby Parkway between the Rugby Commissary and the Print Shop. Stop in and say hello, or sign up for one of the ranger-led hikes each Saturday & Sunday at 9:30 a.m./8:30 Central to the Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole. Look for historic photos of Rugby’s part of the park inside, too! Visitor Stations

Members:  Rugbeian newsletter’s on the way! Annual meeting coming June 28 so join or renew now

Historic Rugby members watching their mailboxes will find our printed newsletter. Don’t miss articles on the Ice Storm, a 1950s attempt to Save Rugby, many upcoming Rugby events, and more. By the end of May, members will get a mailing on the annual meeting June 28, with details on board member nominees. Members as of May 29 will be eligible to participate in the annual meeting. Come join us as we make Historic Rugby strong for its next 49 years! Join online here

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  April in Rugby: Quilts Wavethe Red, White & Blue!
Dear Friend,

We have many reasons for you to visit Rugby in April. Here are a few. Come any time. We’re open Thursdays through Sundays this season for Café visits, historic tours, shops and more. Lodging in Newbury House or the 2 cottages is now available 7 days a week. Hiking of course is an option any nice day on our several marked trails. We’d love to see you!

Rugby Quilt Event, April 10 & 11, Features WWII Quilt Collection
Held every other year, Rugby’s Quilt Event in this third version invites us to “Wave the Red White & Blue.” Quilts can have any colors, but the special feature this year is the World War II quilt collection of quilting author Sue Reich. Sue will give special presentations at 2 p.m. Eastern/1 Central both days, as well as one Friday night April 10 at 7:30 Eastern/6:30 Central. Visitors will see quilts exhibited inside several of Rugby’s 1880s buildings, including a few private homes. Quilts of any colors can still be entered through April 9, with entry forms available at the link below.
Learn more about the event HERE.

WWII quilts in Sue Reich collection. Left one reads ‘Thank you Russian Army for the liberation of Auschwitz. 1945’

April 10 & 11, 10-6 Eastern/9-5 Central both days

Exhibit & site admission: $10 (one or both days). Military veterans FREE


Rugby Roots: Music of Hoffman & Tiller, April 24
Katie Hoffman and Brett Tiller are not only talented entertainers, they are wife and husband.  For an amusing account of the two, click HERE.

Rugby Roots: Appalachian Arts with a British Beat debuts with Hoffman & Tiller performing ballads, folk music & bluegrass. [Rugby’s Harrow Road Café will remain open until 10 p.m./9 Central for dinner or dessert after the concert. Lodging may also be available, so or call 423-628-2441] Proceeds from the concert benefit non-profit Historic Rugby. Seats are limited, so purchase soon at the link below or call us!

Tickets: $10 in advance
April 24: $12 at the door

Rugby Roots: Katie Hoffman & Brett Tiller


Friday April 24, 7 p.m. Eastern/ 6:30 Central

Rebecca Johnson Theatre, Rugby Visitor Centre

Appalachian Author Series, April 25: Jane Hicks
What’s a Cosmic Possum like? Find out when author Jane Hicks visits Rugby. Jane is a teacher, poet, and fiber artist. She is the author of Blood and Bone Remember and the winner of the 2006 Book of the Year Award in Poetry from the Appalachian Writers Association. Read about her latest book HERE. Rugby’s Harrow Road Café will be serving dinner that evening, so come early & make a night of it!
7:30 p.m. Eastern/6:30 Central
Historic Rugby Visitor Center’s Johnson Theatre
FREE author talk & book signing

Nicaragua worker speaks at Rugby’s   Christ Church April 3, this Friday
Sarah Junkin Woodard has worked in Nicaragua since 1994, helping in a faith-based effort to bring freedom from poverty and sustainability to communities there. She’ll share her story here in Rugby this Friday at Christ Church Episcopal at 7 p.m. Eastern/6 Central following a 6 p.m. EDT Good Friday service. Christ Church is inviting everyone to come hear Sarah’s experiences with the Center for Development in Central America/ Jubilee House Community. FREE

State Museum exhibit on Rugby wins award
Congratulations to the Tennessee State Museum for awards  from the TN Association of Museums announced 2 weeks ago.  The Nashville exhibit last October-November featuring Rugby & other sites “Tennessee’s Intentional Communities: Examining The Farm, Nashoba, Rugby and Ruskin” got an Award of Commendation. The educational programs held in conjunction with the exhibit, including a bus tour to Rugby, a lecture & a film, received an Award of Excellence.  Historic Rugby was excited to have a chance to work with the State Museum staff on this interesting project. Thank you to all involved.
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  We made it: Rugby’s Inviting You to Hike!                    Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day 
Dear Friend,
Rugby’s thawing and welcoming the early flowers in the month of March. Come join us as we resume tours of the village and several other special activities. You’ll find details here. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Rugby, particularly on Thursdays through Sundays when we’re fully open for the Spring/Summer season!
 March 14, “Hike Rugby!”
On New  & Old Trails


March is the perfect month to sample one or more of Rugby’s now 9 picturesque trails. We’re offering FREE guided hikes Saturday, March 14, morning and afternoon on several of them. Come see the newest one, blazed this winter, or revisit an old favorite. It’s our second annual Hike Rugby! event.

Morning registration begins at 9
Eastern/8 Central, and the morning hikes at 10/9 Central. Afternoon registration is 1/Noon Central, with hikes starting at 2/1 Central. In between is time for lunch at the Harrow Road Café.


You’ll also want to visit the Rugby Commissary, where a brand new Hike Rugby! T-shirt lists the current trails by name on the back. Be among the first to sport one! Happy trails.


Trails list on long-sleeve T-shirt at Rugby Commissary
Detail from 1909 card, Rugby Archives
  Also March 14,
St. Patrick’s dinner


We’ll be celebrating the 1,581st “Anniversary of St. Patrick’s birthday,” as Rugby’s 1884 newspaper put it. We’re a wee bit early, but March 14 is a Saturday! Try a traditional Irish pub meal of Corned Beef & Cabbage. With a nod to Rugby’s British past, we’ll also offer Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers & Mash, or Fish & Chips! And since it’s a “Pub Night Dinner,” one of our Ales or Wines is perfect to enhance the enjoyment. Hear traditional Irish & bluegrass music live from the “O’Hughetts” of County Scott too! The fun starts at 6 p.m./5 Central.

Reservations are recommended, but not mandatory: Call 423-628-2441
We’ve revved up the fireplaces, painted inside and reduced lodging rates at Historic Newbury House, so come stay! Reservation details are HERE or call 423-628-2441 to check availability. REOPENS MARCH 13.











Coming April 10 & 11: Rugby Quilts Event:
Wave the Red White & Blue


Rugby’s every-other-year Quilt Event is just around the corner. The first-round deadline for submitting quilt entry forms is March 9. For rules & details, CLICK HERE.

The theme this year is “Wave the Red, White & Blue,” but exhibited quilts are not limited to those colors. We will exhibit the World War II quilt collection of Sue Reich. Sue will give afternoon talks about it both days, and a special presentation at 7:30 p.m./6:30 Central on April 11.

Admission to the event is just $10, with veterans admitted free with ID!

Hours are 10-6 Eastern/ 9-5 Central both days.


PLEIN AIR PAINTING WORKSHOP: The registration deadline for this outdoor painting instruction in Rugby is THIS SUNDAY, March 1. The workshop itself will be held April 16-17-18 by Nashville teaching artist Kevin Menck.

To see if spaces remain, CLICK HERE today & follow the link to Menck’s website.


Novelist Amy Greene, a New York Times best-selling author, will conduct a Writers’ Retreat June 17-20 in Rugby. The limited number of spaces have been filling fast, so contact us soon to enroll. Details are available HERE.
ARTISTS & CRAFTERS: We invite you to apply soon for booth space at Historic Rugby’s upcoming events. CLICK HERE  for details and an application form.

Amy Greene, writing workshopJune 17 -20
Plein air painting, April 16-18


Hoping to see you soon & often in 2015,

Historic Rugby Staff & Volunteers
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Rugby: Winter into Spring
February, 2015
Dear Friend,
We’re glad to share Rugby news and appreciate your interest. Signs of Spring, like the snowdrops above, give hope for a new season. But winter hiking offers great views right now. More about that below. See you in Rugby soon, we hope! Come often, and mark your calendar with these 2015 events.

Lodging rate break, Newbury spiffed for Spring
Historic Newbury House has gotten an upgrade this winter, a fresh paint job in areas needing it most. Check it out soon! We’re also in the process of reducing rates for Newbury & the cottages (Percy & Pioneer). Watch the websitefor an announcement on that in the next few days. As always, you’ll be able to book online or call us if you prefer. We’re working to give you the best possible Rugby stay in 2015 and beyond.

Rugby becomes a “fiberhood”
 While cities like Nashville wait for Google or others to bring them fiber optic internet speeds and TV feeds, Rugby now has them! Highland Telephone Cooperative in recent weeks has hooked up the village. We’re streaming video faster than ever & enjoying hi-def TV. Even landline calls go by fiber, so copper wires on highway poles will go away. The new services make it easier than ever to work from home or link up to the world in other ways. We’re part of 2,000+ miles of fiber Highland’s strung. Rural life’s looking up in lots of ways this year. Rugby’s also quieter with trucks taking the new Highway 52.  Come see. You might want to stay!  [Highland project details]

7 trails readied for “Hike Rugby!” March 14
Trail-building volunteers have been hard at work on Rugby’s latest woodland path. (Thanks to Tennessee Parks & Greenways for a grant to purchase tools.)The loop follows 2 streams, includes a fascinating rock formation and will eventually have its own bridge in the Rugby State Natural Area. The 32-foot span was funded through donations and is being fabricated by Rugby volunteer builders. We’ll share more details soon. In the meantime, mark your calendar for the FREE guided hikes on this and six other Rugby trails on March 14.  A long-sleeve t-shirt has been produced to mark the occasion (see it at the link below). Stay if you can for a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner planned that evening at the Harrow Road Café (reservations required).~ Learn More ~
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Last chance, but Extra Boost
to donate in 2014
Give now or by midnight Wednesday
 And Historic Rugby gets a 1% boost!
Details are HERE
If not, you can still help in time
for 2014 with an online gift HERE
Already contributed? Thank you! We’re very grateful.
We’re a 501(c)(3) organization so your donation
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Historic Rugby gets no ongoing state, federal or local funds

Harrow Road Café Reopens
Friday on Winter Schedule

Join us Jan. 2 for lunch (special: Chicken & Dumplings) or dinner (special: New York Strip Steak). Gerald Hanwright performs this Friday night for live music Fridays! Winter hours: FRI 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Eastern. SAT 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. SUN 8:30-4.
Call 423-628-2350 or 423-628-2441 for group reservations. Watch for more details soon on the Cafe’s 30th anniversary this Spring! Follow Historic Rugby on Facebook or the website for daily specials or news about new wine and ale offerings. Details coming soon on a Feb. 14 Valentine Dinner!

We’ve heard from many of you. But not all.
Please take a moment now before 2014 ends
to tell us how Historic Rugby can improve in
the new year & beyond. We need 100 responses
and are halfway there. Please help..

Winter’s the perfect time for hiking around Rugby! We have several newly marked trails, in addition to loops in the Rugby State Natural Area & the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area — all right here.
Lodge in Pioneer Cottage or Percy Cottage. Both have 3 bedrooms & kitchen facilities. Book online HERE or call 423-628-2441.
CLOSED until March 14 are Historic Newbury House (for renovations), the Visitor Centre (you can get a village map at the door though for a self-guided tour)  and the Rugby Commissary. The Harrow Road Café remains open this winter on a Fri/Sat/Sun schedule. Details above. Come see us!
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and prosperity in the New Year.The Historic Rugby Board & Staff
For you from us: A short video of”Christmas at Rugby” 2014
If you were here these past 2 Saturdays, we hope you left with a bit of Rugby Christmas spirit. Whether you were or weren’t, here’s a brief glimpse of the event…

What you think: Please tell us in this little survey. Thanks!
If you could help us in our first online survey, that would be swell. What do you think of Rugby as it is or as it could be? We want to know. Just a few easy-to-answer questions would give us lots of direction. We appreciate your ideas.

Winter closings, Café opening days, events …
Historic Rugby facilities (other than the office) are now closed for a holiday break until January 2.
The Harrow Road Café reopens Jan. 2 and will operate through the winter on a Friday (11-9 Eastern), Saturday (8:30-9 Eastern) and Sunday (8:30-4 Eastern) schedule. Groups of 20 or more may make Mon/Tue/Wed reservations in advance.
Also reopening Jan. 2 is lodging at Percy and Pioneer Cottages. (Newbury House will remain closed for renovations until Feb. 14.)
Effective March 14, all Historic Rugby lodgings will be open, along with the Commissary and the Visitor Centre. The 2015 Events Schedule is linked below, starting Feb. 14 with a Valentine’s Day Dinner!
Thank you!
Many of you have now responded to our mailed letter earlier this month seeking year-end donations to help us through the winter. Thank you so very much! If you’ve not had time to reply, or didn’t get a letter, it’s not too late. Just click below to donate on-line. Nonprofit Historic Rugby gets no ongoing local, state or federal support, so it’s up to all of us. Donations are tax-deductible if made by December 31.
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Come visit us, once is not enough!       ~ December in Rugby ~ 
‘Christmas at Rugby’ brings Victorian memoriesJoin us December 6 or 13 for event, festive dinner
Dear Friend,

Everyone here has been hard at work preparing for not only this Friday’s “Thanksgiving Marketplace,” but also “Christmas at Rugby,” Dec. 6 and 13. Experience both of them! Rugby’s a unique place to spend a part of your holidays. Victorian good will abounds! Decorations are going up! Come see us.
 Christmas at Rugby details  & dinner menu are HERE
Now you can book online for the event and/or the dinner by clicking an option below (or simply calling 423-628-2441 during business hours):

Christmas at Rugby Dec. 6

Saturday December 6, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST


Christmas Dinner Dec. 6

Saturday December 6, 2014. Seatings at 5:30 or 8 EST (4:30/7 Central)


Christmas at Rugby Dec. 13

Saturday December 13, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST (3-7 Central)


Christmas Dinner Dec. 13

Saturday December 13, 2014. Seatings at 5:30 or 8 EST (4:30 or 7 Central)

Two of our treasured “wreath elves,”Mary Jo Strunk & Fay Story, both of Robbins, TN

Happy Holidays from Historic Rugby
Yum! A turkey about to hit the platesThis Friday, “Thanksgiving Marketplace”

When the turkey carving is done and the leftovers are in the fridge, join us in Rugby the day after for our Marketplace event. Avoid the crowds and shop Friday at Historic Rugby’s unique Commissary Museum Store & the village’s other venues: Spirit of Red Hill, Missions Matter & RM Brooks Store. Items you won’t find at the chains: antiques & curios & novel handmade crafts for all tastes. Crafters will be demonstrating their special skills in the heart of Rugby. The Victorian Afternoon Tea has SOLD OUT, but other activities are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (9-5 Central). We hope to see you!
Historic Rugby schedule changes
Late December site closing, ’til Jan. 2 

After Sunday, Dec. 14, we’ll be spiffing up Rugby during the last 2+ weeks of December. So the Café, lodging, tours & Commissary shop won’t be available. This also gives our dedicated employees & volunteers a time to rest, regroup and plan for  2015. HERE is our schedule of special events planned so far for the coming year.
And we hope to see you Jan. 2 at the Harrow Road Café, which will operate Fri/Sat/Sun through the winter months (Fri: 11-9, Sat. 8:30-9, Sun 8:30-4, all times Eastern; groups of 20+ can book other days by calling 423-628-2441) Also, Pioneer & Percy Cottages will be available for winter bookings. Check or call us.The Commissary & Visitor Centre will reopen March 14, along with Newbury House lodging.
Come sit by the Café fireplace this winter for a great meal accompanied by our selections of wines & ales! Winter is perfect for hiking the Big South Fork & Rugby State Natural Area, then finishing with a bite to eat! If you’re more adventuresome, kayak or canoe a bit on a nice day on the Clear Fork within the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. Water’s up!
Our gift:
Just this week we heard of a very welcomed bequest from an admirer of Historic Rugby, an annuity to provide much-needed annual income. Rachel Briggance Jackson (1930-2007) of Gallatin, TN, had already remembered Historic Rugby in her will. Now we know she also designated our non-profit in another way. Annuities & IRAs, as well as 401-Ks, are distributed outside will bequests to organizations named to benefit. We encourage everyone who loves Historic Rugby to remember us like Rachel did, in several ways. We thank her and her family very much! To learn more about these options to help  with current or planned donations, please click HERE.
For the Christmas holidays, here’s a recipe for you from Rugby’s out-of-print 1998 cookbook: RECIPES FROM RUGBY. This one was so popular it was taken from Rugby to be in the late Bert Vincent’s newspaper column! The originator, Sarah Walton of Rugby, cautioned Bert: “Don’t insult his recipe by using Louisiana molasses for Tennessee sorghum (molasses).”
1/2 cup butter or shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup sorghum molasses
2 Tablespoons milk
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon sale
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tablespoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cream butter or shortening with sugar. Add egg, then sorghum and milk. Add flour which has been sifted, with salt, soda & spices. Mix well. Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet. As a finishing touch, sprinkle with black walnut meats. Bake in moderate over. — Sarah (Mrs. Will) Walton
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You or a friend from the
Nashville area
Are invited on a Rugby Excursion!

Day Trip to Rugby with the Tennessee State Museum
Rugby in fall

Please join us for a transport-provided trip to Historic Rugby, including tours of 1880s buildings & a private home. Total price is $45. The State Museum-sponsored trip is in conjunction with its “Intentional Communities” exhibit (through Nov. 30) featuring Rugby and other TN settlement efforts

NOV. 22, 2014
From 9 am to 6:30 pm CST

Nashville to

on the scenic Cumberland Plateau
For info & online registration click here

Through Dec. 15
Join Historic Rugby or renew your membership and give a gift membership for just $15 (a $10 savings). Call 423-628-2441 to take advantage of this limited-time offer!







Fifth graders from nearby Sunbright School: Our First ‘Rugby Scholars’

We’re enrolling local students to help tell our stories! See how …

November in Rugby
Tea, Tours, Special Hikes, RELAXing
Come visit us, once is not enough!
 Dear Friend,
 We’re shifting Rugby hours to fit the new season. From now to Dec. 14, the Harrow Road Café will operate Thursdays through Sundays. (Groups of 20 or more can be served Mon/Tue/Wed with prior reservation.) The Rugby Commissary & the Museum Visitor Center will also switch  to Thursday through Sunday (with tours available other days for groups of 10 or more with reservations). Lodging will be available daily until Dec. 15, when we’ll have a 2-week holiday closing. Just visit the website to plan your visit, one day or several. We’d love to see you!

Morgan County 5th graders, new ‘Scholars’ here:
Energetic learners capture Rugby’s lessons
An exciting new program is bringing the unique British-Appalachian Rugby story and the wonders of Rugby’s natural setting to local students. Earlier this week, the first group of 42 young scholars arrived from nearby Sunbright, TN, to study the village and its Big South Fork trails, then record their impressions in writing journals.
Rugby resident Mike Harris tailored the new “Rugby Junior Scholars” program to fit local school curriculum. Mike’s retired as superintendent of the Clarksville-Montgomery County school system.
While Morgan County fifth graders are the first to participate, we hope to expand to Scott County (part of Rugby lies within it) in the springtime. It’s all aimed at the fifth grade, a great level to reach young minds and hearts.

If you’d like to help with expenses for this new effort, CLICK HERE and designate your donation for the “Rugby Junior Scholars.” The more donations Historic Rugby gets, the more classes we’ll be able to bring in the coming months!                             

‘Scholars’ visit Rugby print shop
Also touring Rugby’s Big South Fork trails this fall, Cumberland Countystudents from a Mennonite youth group

Don’t miss these ….
Tea time in Rugby, Nov. 28
Hike with state naturalist, Nov. 22
On Saturday, Nov. 22, hike with state parks naturalist Randy Hedgepath, first to the Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole in Rugby’s part of the Big South Fork, then on a trail in the Rugby State Natural Area. FREE, with no reservation required! Meet at 9 a.m./8 Central at the Harrow Road Café for the first hike. Or same place at 11 a.m./10 Central for the second.
Then start the holiday season in Rugby on Friday, Nov. 28, with Thanksgiving Marketplace. This annual event, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST, features a variety of shopping opportunities (including a 25% off sale on select items at the Commissary), visiting artisans and crafters, and our Victorian Afternoon Tea at historic Newbury House Inn.
CLICK HERE for Nov. 28 Victorian Afternoon Tea details. Reservations required for the $16 per-person tea since seats are limited!
Call for tea reservations: 423-628-2441
Nov. 22, FREE guided hikes with Randy HedgepathIn Rugby State Natural Area

Rugby’s exhibit at TN State Museum In Nashville, Now through Nov. 30


Mural of Hughes Library interior,Tabard Inn table a fire survivor
IN NASHVILLE continuing through the month of November, visit the Tennessee State Museum to see a new exhibition featuring Rugby. The museum’s “Intentional Communities” exhibit looks at utopian-style settlements in Tennessee, also including Nashoba near Memphis, Ruskin in Dickson County and The Farm near Summertown. Rugby’s part alone has 26 artifacts on display, including our London Tabard Inn baluster that once hung in Rugby’s own hotels by that name, both of which burned. Look also for the drawings in the 1830s sketch book of Margaret Hughes (founder Thomas Hughes’ mother) — never before displayed! The State Museum is sponsoring a Rugby tour  for its foundation members Nov. 22. If you can’t make it to Rugby soon, this  exhibit is the next best thing!



State Museum visitors admire Uffington parlour mural, chair

See our new TV spot!

Historic Rugby’s teamed with Cookeville’s non-profit public TV station WCTE Ch. 22 for a 20-second spot that started in late October. We’re focusing this time on our outdoor activities when river levels are up, like now. A previous spot emphasized Rugby’s historic assets.  See what you think:

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Historic Rugby’s Fall TV spot

Come visit us, once is not enough!

With the Christmas season almost upon us, we’ve got two suggestions: Help at our Greens Workshop Nov. 22-23 at Rugby’s Community Building. Or boost your Christmas gift list with a gift membership to Historic Rugby. (Of course, you could do both!) Single gift memberships are being offered at $15 (a $10 savings) with membership renewals, so renew early to take advantage. Call 423-628-2441. Or print & mail a RENEWAL FORM.
The Greens Workshop will show you how to make your own natural wreaths while helping Rugby make ones to decorate the village. No prior experience necessary! Just show up Saturday, Nov. 22, at 9:30 a.m./8:30 Central at Rugby’s Community Building behind the Visitor Centre (bring work gloves & garden clippers). Not available that day? Come for the continuation at 2 p.m./1 Central on Sunday Nov. 23, same place. Want to help more? We’ll be decorating historic buildings soon afterward. Call Kelly at 423-628-2441 or email to arrange your welcomed assist.
Click Here  to donate now. Historic Rugby gets no ongoing government aid, so it’s up to all of us. Designate if you like to the Junior Scholars Program for local schools. Thank you!


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Come visit us, once is not enough! As leaf season comes ….
Historic Rugby

Falls into full gear!

Dear Friend,

Lots going on soon in Rugby, even this Saturday. Little time for long descriptions. So check it out! See you here as leaves turn.
Author, author! In Rugby before Nashville’s Southern Books Festival!

This Saturday Oct. 11, 6 p.m./5 Central in Rugby’s Visitor Centre hear Sharyn McCrumb talk about & sign copies of her newest book. A Christmas story to remember (or give). She was in Knoxville tonight, and will be at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville Oct. 12. Hear her in Rugby first! FREE. Come by the Harrow Road Café afterward for a meal, a dessert or a drink with this New York Times best-selling author.
Learn more about Sharyn HERE
Corn Witches: Rugby Commissary

Ghostly Gathering, 2 dates to choose… haunting!

It’s always a sell-out, Rugby’s authentic blast from the ghostly 19th Century past. This year we’re 75% booked for the 25th already. Try Halloween itself! Now book instantly below: Just click a date for online tickets. Details HERE


Ghostly Gathering Sat. Oct. 25

Ghostly Gathering Fri. Oct. 31



River season BEGINS: kayaks, canoes!

Now through next Springtime, come try our Rugby streams! They’re in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, but put-ins here in Rugby. Here’s a little video to give you a taste, made TODAY! We welcome fall rains.
Kayak Rugby
Kayak Rugby
 Don’t forget that you can STAY in Rugby. Lodge overnight in one of our 3-bedroom cottages or Newbury House inn. Enjoy a meal at the Harrow Road Café, open daily for lunch (through October) & weekends for breakfast & dinner as well! Check thewebsite for details. Lodging bookings now can be confirmed online!
Wishing you the best of the autumn season,
Rugby’s Staff & Volunteers
at non-profit Historic Rugby
Historic Rugby | P.O. Box 8 | Rugby | TN | 37733





Appalachian Heritage Day, Saturday Oct. 4
Bringing the past alive: demonstrations, fun for kids, FREE!
10-5 Eastern / 9-4 Central — also Church Michaelmas Fest!

October in Rugby
Heritage, history, hiking, Colorful FALL
Come visit us, once is not enough!
Dear Friend,

We’re happy to welcome you anytime, but the first weekend in October will be special. Heritage Day on the 4th coupled with Michaelmas Festival & its tea, same day, both FREE. Then at 3 p.m. Oct. 5, on the anniversary of Rugby’s dedication, we’ll present a taste of the original 1880 dedication program at the Rebecca Johnson Theatre, also FREE. ‘Twas 134 years ago, but the founder’s words hold up!

Anna Herr, now 94, presents London Tabard Inn baluster to Barbara Stagg at Oct. 5, 2005 reenactment.

Just visit thewebsite to learn more about both. We’d love to see you soon, or anytime. Fall colors here on the Cumberland Plateau could be spectacular! And we’re open all 7 days through October, including tours & lunch at the Harrow Road Café. Check website for details or Facebook page “Historic Rugby.”

Ghostly Gathering, Oct. 25 & 31…

                            A Halloween tradition, Rugby style!

October 25 or Oct. 31 (Halloween Day itself this year) experience Rugby’s historic vision of this popular fall observance. It’s always a sell-out, so book soon! You can do it easily below, totally on-line. This year we have story-telling, walks through historic buildings, fellowship with your fellow Ghostlies in costume (or not), and a bonfire — just like before. There is now an option to enjoy an included and tasty chili/stew meal, or eat on your own at the Harrow Road Café. Either way. You pick the appropriate ticket for you. See you soon for our tradition of October spirits! More details on the website HERE.
George Walton, Rugby, c. 1905

   NOW sign up & buy tickets online!Just click “Ghostly Gathering” above your desired date below. So simple!

Ghostly Gathering

Saturday October 25, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM EDT

The spirits of Rugby come alive as we celebrate Halloween in Rugby. Storytelling, a bonfire, a tour of Rugby’s lamp-lit buildings with real Rugby spirits & a chili/stew dinner are all included in the main option. Throughout the village


Ghostly Gathering

Friday October 31, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM EDT

The spirits of Rugby come alive as we celebrate Halloween in Rugby. Storytelling, a bonfire, a tour of Rugby’s lamp-lit buildings with real Rugby spirits & a chili/stew dinner are all included in the main option. Throughout the village



Rugby spirits of the 1890s
Ghostly Gathering fireside stories
Story-telling at the bonfire

Noted author revisits Rugby, Oct. 11 . . .
       Rugby items at TN State Museum Oct. 3 –
Nov. 30 in Nashville             Both FREE admission!
Just when we said a sad September goodbye to Rugby’s Appalachian Authors Series for 2014, a pleasant surprise came out of the blue. We’ll have an unexpected Southern author returning to Rugby Oct. 11 at 6 p.m./5 Central with her new book: the respected Sharyn McCrumb. The Harrow Road Café will be open for meals before and after her talk. Read more HERE. It’s in Rugby’s 100-seat Rebecca Johnson Theatre.
A New York Times best-selling author, McCrumb will talk about her just-published novella Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past.  Don’t miss it!

            CLICK HERE  for  Sharyn McCrumb’s website

Novelist Sharyn McCrumb, Oct. 11Welcome back to Rugby’s stage!

We’re also grateful to the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville for making Rugby a quarter of its exhibit calledTennessee’s Intentional Communities, opening Oct. 3. It’s free and runs through Nov. 30. Don’t miss it! We’ve sent some of Rugby’s most precious heritage items to be part of the display. We can’t wait to see which were chosen and how they’ll be interpreted. Everyone can see these utopian dream stories starting Friday, Oct. 3. Learn more HERE

Oct. 3 through November, Rugby’s Tabard Inn desk &more on exhibit at TN State Museum, Nashville

Workshops: Bees & Baskets soon.
     Mapping: woes for wanderers who trust.
Boyd Mitchell (here) & Charles Gibbs:Local beekeepers’ Rugby workshop Oct. 18
We love our bees, or should since they’ve been facing global problems. This workshop will teach how to care for hives on your own property as you adopt the buzz!
It’s a first for Rugby. Runs 10-4 EDT, Oct. 18. Fee $15. No experience or equipment needed. Call to register 423-628-2441.

 Rugby’s popular basket lady, Katie Avram, plans an Oct. 11-12 basket-making weekend. Saturday’s a large & narrow tote. Sunday’s a medium cat-head spoon basket. Click Here for more details.                 

Katie Avram’s basket classes, Oct. 11-12
We’re sure you can find us, but caution you not to put too much faith in online/on-phone/on-device maps. Rugby’s now just OFF State Hwy. 52, extended around us in December. Watch for the turn signs in either direction & you should do fine. But do slow & watch! Thanks very much. We don’t want to miss you & you don’t want to miss us.
Google & other maps, be a skeptic: Slow, see signs, loop off TN State Hwy. 52

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Special thanks to 4 corporate sponsors forHarvest Gala (detailsHERE so do join us), coming Nov. 8: First National Bank of Oneida, Grand Visit Hotel of Huntsville, TN, Frugal MacDoogal Liquor & Wine Warehouse of Nashville, and Dirk Davidson, M.D., of Crossville & Huntsville. We appreciate their generous support, and YOURS! Click here  to donate now. Rugby gets no ongoing government aid, so it’s up to all of us. Thank you.
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Lantern Tour in Rugby’s Laurel Dale Cemetery, Sept. 13

Bringing the past alive: Permanent Rugby residents tell their stories!

September in Rugby
Lantern Tour, Daily Operations, Hiking, RELAXing
Come visit us, once is not enough!
 Dear Friend,
We’re happy to announce that now through October, Historic Rugby will offer guided tours, Harrow Road Cafémeals, and Commissary Museum Store shopping all 7 days weekly! Come enjoy autumn with us. Any day. The Café will provide lunch daily, breakfast Friday-Saturday-Sunday, and dinner Friday & Saturday nights (Fridays with live music). Our cool summer doesn’t mean there’s not still time for a dip in the Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole. Hikes have been very nice, and fall colors will emerge soon! Come see us. Just visit the website to plan your visit, one day or several. We’d love to see you.

Laurel Dale Cemetery Lantern Tour, Sat. Sept. 13
The 2014 version of Rugby’s popular Cemetery Lantern Tour promises surprises for all.  Three new characters, all based on real-life cemetery residents, will be among a dozen telling about their lives here in Rugby. Some died long ago, others more recently. Find out: who was scared of moon rays? What lady shot a wild boar? Whose great-grandfather ran Rugby’s old mill? From a hermit to a builder to a divorcee, they’re all fascinating. Local costumed presenters bring them back to life.

This 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 Central event will sell out, since it’s limited to only 40 spectators. So call soon for a ticket, 423-628-2441. Adults $10, school-age children $5. Proceeds benefit non-profit Historic Rugby.         Click Here for more details.                 

Quartet opens, closes program with song
Colorful Rugby stories, but true

Don’t miss these FREE treats in Rugby
Both are Saturdays: a Sept. 6 talk by East Tennessee author Amy Greene and a Sept. 20 Fall Wildflower Walk led by an expert. The Harrow Road Café will be open for meals before and after both events.
No need to register for either of these, just don’t forget to come! Details are on our website HERE.  Read about Amy’s new book “Long Man” in a recent newspaper article HERE or see a TV interview with her about it HERE. Her Sept. 6 appearance will be in Rugby’s Rebecca Johnson Theatre at 7 p.m. (6 Central). She’ll sign books and they will be available for purchase. This is the final event in Rugby’s 2014 Appalachian Writers Series, so don’t miss it.

                   CLICK HERE for  Amy Greene’s website

Novelist Amy Greene, Sept. 6
On Saturday, Sept. 20, enjoy a Fall Wildflower Walk with plant expert Larry Pounds. Larry is a botanical consultant with a Ph.D. in plant ecology and specializes in rare plants and habitats.  He is on the boards of the Tennessee Native Plant Society and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning. He’ll help us identify flowers and trees on some of Rugby’s shady trails. The walk begins at 10 a.m. (9 Central) at Rugby’s Harrow Road Café.
Sept. 20, FREE wildflower walk with expert!

October’s here soon and

                            These are just around the corner …

October 4 brings Rugby’s second Appalachian Heritage Day, coinciding with nearby Allardt’s Pumpkin Festival and Christ Church Episcopal’s annual Michaelmas Festival and Tea on the church grounds in Rugby. Take in all of them, if you want a full day of different activities.  Rugby will be celebrating the history and culture of early families who settled the region. Look for demonstrations, crafters and children’s activities. The following day, Oct. 5, we’ll have a Founders Day Celebration marking the 1880 start of Rugby on that date. Look for a reenactment of part of the ceremonies by the first Rugbeians, 134 years ago!
Chair weaving, bunny spinning at Heritage Day Oct. 4

Café decoration for Oct. 4Heritage Day: Thanks, Jody!
IN NASHVILLE beginning Oct. 3 and continuing through the month of November, visit the Tennessee State Museum to see a new exhibit featuring Rugby. The museum’s “Intentional Communities” exhibit looks at utopian-style settlements in Tennessee, also including Nashoba near Memphis, Ruskin in Dickson County and The Farm near Summertown. More details soon.


Rugby’s part of the Nashville museum’s newest exhibit, Oct. 3 through November


Ranger-led hikes each Sat/Sun end Sept. 28, so take one soon, FREE. 1 p.m. Eastern at the trailhead next to Rugby’s cemetery

Come visit us, once is not enough!

Our  special thanks to 3 new Fall Event Sponsors for Historic Rugby: Citizens First Bank & Schubert Funeral Home, both in Wartburg, and Brown Insurance Group. We appreciate their generous support, and YOURS!  Click here  to donate now. We get no ongoing government aid, so it’s up to all of us. Thank you.


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