British founded Rugby, Tennessee, is a rare example of a rural, living community that survives from its 1880s Utopian beginnings with its town plan intact, many buildings and its natural setting preserved and with no encroaching incompatible development. Historic Rugby today works within the living historic community to restore, preserve and interpret the culture and natural resources, British Isles and Appalachian heritage for the education and economic benefit of this and future generations. Offering guided historic building tours, a historical movie shown in the Rebecca Johnson Theatre & Visitor Centre, shopping within the Commissary Museum Store and the village eatery known as the Harrow Road Cafe, special events and workshops.
About this Establishment
Historic Rugby Inc. is a membership owned, Board governed, not-for-profit 501C3 chartered in 1966. Historic Rugby owns and operates the historical site including the Rugby Visitor Centre & Theatre, the Harrow Road Cafe, Newbury House B & B, Percy & Pioneer Cottage as lodging facilties and the Commissary Museum Store. Southern gate way to the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area and access for the Rugby State Natual Area offering hiking and interpretation of the Massengale Homeplace.
Time Period Represented1966 to current
Hours Open10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern time
Visitor FeesAdults $7.00 Seniors $6.00 Students (K-12) $3.00 Members Free
Seasons OpenAll year weather permitting
ADA Accessibility NotesVisitor Centre, Theatre and site is ADA Accessible - Historic Buildings are not.
Pet Friendly NotesPets are permitted on the site and in Pioneer Cottage.
How to Get There
Rugby is a little over an hour's driving time from
Knoxville. Take Interstate 75 north from Knoxville
to exit 141 at Highway 63. Proceed west on
Highway 63 approximately 20 miles (through
Huntsville) to its terminus at Highway 27. Turn left
(south) on Highway 27 for eight miles to Elgin. At
Elgin, turn right (west) onto Highway 52, and
proceed for seven miles to Rugby. An alternative
and scenic route is through Oak Ridge, Oliver
Springs, Wartburg, Sunbright to Elgin - turn left on
Hwy. 52 and proceed as above.
Rugby is a little over two hour's driving time from
Nashville. Take Interstate 40 east out of Nashville
for about 90 miles to exit 300 at Monterey. At the
bottom of the exit ramp turn left (north) onto
Highway 84. Proceed north on 84 for about
1.2 miles to a red light at Highway 62. Turn right
(east) on 62 and follow it for approximately
18 miles to its intersection with Highway 127 at
Clarkrange. Turn left (north) on 127 for about
18 miles to a right turn onto Highway 296 just
before Jamestown. Follow 296 for three miles to
Allardt. At the four-way stop in Allardt, proceed
straight onto Highway 52 going east for about
12 miles to Rugby.
Rugby is about a two and a half hour drive from
Lexington, Kentucky. Take Interstate 75 south from
Lexington into Tennessee, to exit 141 at Highway
63. Proceed west on Highway 63 approximately
20 miles (through Huntsville) to its terminus at
Highway 27. Turn left (south) on Highway 27 for
eight miles to Elgin. At Elgin, turn right (west) onto
Highway 52, and proceed for seven miles to