Rugby, TN – Nestled in the rural mountains of North West Tennessee is a small town that has been spared the ravaged of time for more than a 130 years, due in large part to a handful of dedicated men and women. The National Trust calls Historic Rugby one of the most authentically preserved villages in America and the National Register of Historic Places has designated the entire town as a Historic District.
On Saturday, September 29th, Historic Rugby will hold the largest historic building tour in East Tennessee, providing visitors a unique look inside the life and architecture of the 1880’s.
Eleven private homes and six other restored buildings will be open to the public for guided tour. The buildings include a 7,000 volume library that has been virtually unchanged since 1882, founder Thomas Hughes’ English Rural style cottage ‘Kingstone Lisle’, a Carpenter Gothic Christ Church Episcopal and a 1907 historic schoolhouse. Be sure to stop by the Laurel Dale Cemetery and see where Rugby’s original colonists are buried.
Stay for lunch or dinner at the Harrow Road Café. Modeled after an original café built on the road in 1882, Harrow Road Café serves up classic British food with a twist of Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. You can still enjoy Welsh Rarebit and Bangers & Mash, but for the less adventurous they also feature deep-fried catfish and grilled chicken.
If you are coming in from out of town, Rugby offers three lodging choices with an authentic appeal. The restored Pioneer Cottage that can accommodate up to eight people in a rustic atmosphere. Thomas Hughes stayed at this very spot on his first visit to the colony. Nearby is the rebuilt Percy Cottage that can accommodate up to five people. For those interested in a bit more elegance, the restored Newsbury House Bed and Breakfast offers six Victorian furnished bedrooms, a large guest parlor, verandah and pond-side deck. The Newbury was Rugby’s first boarding house when it was built in 1880.
Be sure to plan a visit to this one of a kind Southern treasure.
Location: 5517 Rugby Hwy Rugby, TN 37733
Price: $12 adults * $6 students K-12 * $10 each for prebooked groups of 12 or more * Half price for any Historic Rugby member
Hours: 10am-5pm (Eastern Time)