Come to Rugby this summer and discover all that our unique historic village on the Upper Cumberland Plateau has to offer! Enjoy our special events and workshops developed with you in mind. On August 23rd we are having a FREE British Motorcars and Motorbikes event for our guests, sponsored by the Plateau British Car Club .

In early September, author Amy Greene will be speaking about her new book at the Rebecca Johnson Theatre as part of our ongoing Appalachian Writers’ Series. Come hear this FREE presentation at 7:00 p.m., ET, on September 6th.

Bordered by the Rugby State Natural Area and the Bg South Fork National River and Recreation Area (BSF) Rugby is rich in opportunities for hiking and enjoying the two beautiful rivers that form natural boundaries to the town-the Clear Fork and the White Oak. With the NEW addition of a BSF Ranger Station in Rugby, we now have Ranger led hikes every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., ET. Please check our calendar, Facebook postings, or call the Rugby Ranger Station (Saturdays and Sundays only (9-5, ET) to find out more information: 423-628-2991

With so many activities and a great Cafe-this is the perfect getaway for the summer ! Plan on staying in our lodging  as a ‘home base’ so you can explore all that the Upper Cumberland Plateau has to offer.  We have all the info you need to make your vacation complete including  driving trails and area attractions.

Take a look at our website for all the information you need to plan a trip to Rugby. For more information on upcoming events through the end of the year be sure to check out our Calendar!

The photo above shows Bill Guffey during Spring Festival 2014 exhibiting his talents as a ‘Plein Air’ artist.

Photo: Jim McBrayer


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Thank you for visiting Rugby!



Summer Calendar of Events



 Advanced Writers Workshop

Instructor: Vicki Lane

This course is designed for writers who have a work in progress. Participants will submit a chapter in advance and sessions will focus on critique and encouragement.

Cost: $150 Includes textbook, course tuition, 2 breakfasts, and 2 dinners.

Or, 3-Day “Residency” Package: $250, Includes the registration package, above, plus 2 nights lodging in an historic, Victorian building. (One additional night’s lodging available at $50/person.)


AUGUST 16 & 17

Two Day Basket Workshop with Katie Avram

Instructor Katie Avram will be offering a two day workshop with three different basket projects this August. 16th and 17th. You can attend both days, or one day of your choosing. Join us here in Rugby for a fun weekend!


Saturday AM- Biscuit Basket: Introduction to plain, square base and traditional rim, and simple weaving.

Class Time: 10 a.m. Eastern

Saturday PM – Wooden-Based Bowl: Using a wooden base, this basket has a continuous weave technique.

Bring a round serving dish for a custom fit basket! 

Class Time: 1 p.m. Eastern

Sunday- Long Windowsill Basket: This basket features a long, narrow base with handgrips, perfect for holding pots of herbs on a windowsill.

Class Time: 10 a.m. Eastern

Cost: $100 all sessions, $63/ Saturday Only, $42/ Sunday only



British Motorcar Show

The British are coming and will roll into town in style for this U.K.-only car and motorbike show. It’s a weekend filled with motorcars and entertainment,

all to support Historic Rugby. Sponsored by the Plateau British Car Club.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT Spectator Admission: Free



Appalachian Writers’ Series Presents Amy Greene

The fourth presentation in our 2014 writer series features Amy Greene, a Tennessee native whose latest work of historical fiction, Long Man, will be the focus of her talk/signing in the Rebecca Johnson Theater at Rugby’s Visitor Centre. 7:00 p.m. EDT Admission: Free



Cemetery Lantern Tour 

Laurel Dale Cemetery, the resting place for generations of Rugbeians, will share its secrets as some of the graveyard’s most interesting characters are “brought to life” to share their stories. Costumed presenters provide a lively interpretive tour of Rugby’s hallowed ground. Reservations required. 6:30 p.m. EDT Admission: $10, $5 students