Read our October newsletters below, the most recent one having been sent on October 9th. Don’t forget to check our calendar for a list of all our events!





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 GatheringSaturday October 25, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM EDTThe 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

Come visit us, once is not enough!

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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