1909 card, Rugby Archives
Come visit us, once is not enough!

We hope your New Year’s
Mirrors Rugby’s of 1882
for excitement… or not! See how:

From The Rugbeian, Jan. 1882

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
may be tax-deductible if you itemize.
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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We couldn’t have made it another year without you, so Thank You! Your visits, volunteer support, donations and kind words warm our hearts. Rugby founder Thomas Hughes said it best: “The strongest and most generous natures are always fondest of those who lean on them.”

                                        Card: Historic Rugby Archives
Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season
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 www.historicrugby.org 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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Come visit us, once is not enough!

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!
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