There are plenty of fun things to do in the late autumn in Rugby! The hiking is especially nice with the cooler weather and the beautiful fall colors! And talk about the perfect time to shoot some fabulous photos!

Here is just a sampling of some of what’s coming up on our late fall schedule……

GHOSTLY GATHERING: Two dates in October: Saturday, Oct. 19th and Saturday, Oct. 26th

Time: From 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! Please call 423-628-2441 to reserve your spot!

Join us for a Calling of the Spirits of Rugby’s Past with an award winning chili dinner, lantern lit tours of historic buildings, story telling, and a Druid’s Bonfire!



The On-going Rowdy, Rugged, Rugbians Spiraea Pull –  10:00 a.m. ET

Location:  Rugby State Natural Area
Leader: Lisa Huff, Tennessee Natural Areas Program, 

Description: We’re serious! The Rowdy, Rugged Rugbians continue their battle to save the Rugby State Natural Area from a dreadful Japanese spiraea invasion. If you want to have breakfast with us before the event, we’ll meet at the Harrow Road Café in Historic Rugby for breakfast at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. Click the link to see our new breakfast menu here:

We’ll go into the natural area approximately 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, starting from the Visitors’ Centre parking lot. The weather could be crisp, so wear layers. Bring your work gloves, too. We always have fun. Just ask any of the Rowdy, Rugged Rugbians! For more information, including descriptions, directions, and maps about this and other state natural areas visit the Natural Areas web site. Historic Rugby has lodging available. Please contact us for more information. For nearby camping, please go to


2nd ANNUAL HARVEST GALA: Saturday, November 9th

Harvest Gala 2014 on Saturday, Nov. 9, promises to be a festive way to welcome autumn and help two rural non-profit organizations at the same time.

The fund-raising gala in the heart of Rugby includes cocktail hour, a 3-course meal, live entertainment from Slow Blind Hill, as well as silent and live auctions.Auction treats will include a handmade quilt crafted by the Rugby Quilting Guild, as well as a framed photographic print by our neighbor and supporter, Senator Howard Baker. Many more treats and surprises are certain.

This second annual event benefits both Historic Rugby Inc. and the Morgan-Scott Project, providing solutions for people in peril and poverty in Morgan and Scott counties, “A Hand Up – Not a Handout.”

Tickets are $150 per person or $1,000 for an 8-person table.

Email or call 423-628-2441 for reservations or further details.

Event sponsors are First National Bank of Oneida, John and Kathleen Hicks, Marlee Mitchell, Michael and Denni Green, Kimberly Stagg and Kathy Cameron.  Dress is semi-formal for this evening of fun for two good causes.



This unique and festive day includes a British Cream Tea, lot’s of Christmas shopping possibilities from the Shops of Rugby and special vendors, and many other activities!

The event is free, but there is a charge for the British Cream Tea and reservations are required! Please call 423-628-2441 to reserve your spot!