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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