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Historic Rugby Founders Day and Michaelmas Festival

October 2, 2021 @ 12:00 am

Historic Rugby Founders Day

Help celebrate 14 decades + since Rugby’s founding on the Cumberland Plateau in 1880, our 141st Anniversary! Nancy and Kat will be bringing their amazing Country Dogs food truck for your lunch enjoyment. Artists and crafters will be found throughout the Village. Founders Day awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Eastern (2 Central) in the Visitors Centre and at 3:30 will be a presentation of the new video, Discover Historic Rugby, to be shown in the Rebecca Johnson Theatre followed by a Q and A with Nancy Dorman, Development Committee Chair.

Hours are 10-5 EDT (9-4 Central). FREE. Take time to and enjoy arts, crafts, food, and music while exploring this lovely Victorian Village.  Local artists and crafters will be here demonstrating their skills with the results of their talent available for purchase. In addition to tours and hiking trails, new interpretive exhibits can be seen at the Rugby Commissary. We look forward to seeing you! Questions? Call us at 423-628-2441.

This event is funded in part by a grant from the TN Arts Commission.

The same day, Rugby’s Christ Church Episcopal is holding its annual Michaelmas Tea, with seatings at Noon & 2 Eastern/ 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Central at the Friendly House behind the church. Take-out tea goodies are now also available with reservation for pickup at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. Reservations for sit-down or pickup are $15 per person and need to be made by Thursday, Sept. 30.  They may be made by calling Bethany at 423-628-6250 or emailing



October 2, 2021
12:00 am


Historic Rugby
1331 Rugby Pkwy
Rugby, TN 37733 United States
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