Our wreaths and winter decorations are up and we are ready to welcome you to our holiday events and activities, beginning with our fun Thanksgiving Marketplace the day after Turkey Day all the way through to Christmas at Rugby!  Rugby is especially beautiful in the late fall through early winter.  We even had our first dusting of snow on November 1st.  Won’t you make some plans now to visit our little village during this special time? Don’t forget to check out our Cafe and lodging.

For more information about an event, or to make reservations, please contact us!





2014 Calendar of Events



November 28th
Thanksgiving Marketplace

The start of the holiday season in Rugby, Thanksgiving Marketplace features a variety of shopping opportunities, visiting artisans and crafters, and our annual Victorian Afternoon Tea at historic Newbury House B&B.

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST

Admission to Marketplace: Free

Seatings for the special Tea will be held at noon (12:00 p.m.) and 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. The cost  is $16 and requires reservations and ticketing. Details about the delicious menu can be found at the link: Victorian Afternoon Tea.



November 28th
Thanksgiving Marketplace Mini Class

The ancient art of felting compacts fibers together to make a non-woven fabric. Using wool, a cookie cutter and a very sharp barbed needle, you will make your own Christmas ornament. This class takes about an hour to complete.Children should be accompanied by an adult and at least 10 years old.

Mini classes to be held at the Commissary.

     Preregister when you purchase tickets for the tea, or register at the Commissary the day of the event. 

Cost: $10

Class Time: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. EST.



December 6th & 13th
Christmas at Rugby

Experience an authentic Victorian Christmas at Historic Rugby

Event features traditional holiday carolers, decorations, fare and period dress


Each year, the historic settlement of Rugby, Tennessee, comes alive with Christmas spirit and celebrates the holidays as if it were still 1880, the year the town was settled.

The living Victorian-era village will bustle with children’s activities, caroling, holiday shopping and much more on December 6 and 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. EST (3 to 7 p.m. CST) each of those Saturdays for “Christmas at Historic Rugby.” With the rerouting of Highway 52 diverting heavy traffic around the historic settlement, visitors to Rugby on the new “Rugby Parkway” will experience the original, quieter atmosphere of its rural Appalachian setting.

Highlights of the Victorian Christmas celebration include holiday music, hot drinks and cookies in the decorated historic buildings, a visit from Father Christmas and the sounds of carolers performing throughout the village. Also, Christ Church Episcopal will present a choir concert of seasonal music both Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. EST (3:30 Central) in the 1887 church. 

Refreshments including cider and traditional British wassail, a hot mulled cider, will be served. Admission for Christmas at Historic Rugby is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 18. Reservations are available in advance by calling 423-628-2441, as well as admissions on arrival at the Rugby Visitor Centre. Local lodging may be found for visitors wishing to spend the weekend.

Guests may also enjoy a traditional five-course Christmas meal at Harrow Road Café that will feature entrée choices of roast beef or Cornish game hen. Price for the meal is $29 per person and seatings are offered at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. EST (4:30 or 7 CST). Reservations are required. Call 423-628-2441 to book.

 To view the menu please click on Christmas Dinner 2014





For Events Requiring Reservations, please call 423-628-2441

or email: rugbylegacy@highland.net