Rugby Things to Do
Historic Rugby Village
Sunday, May 4, 2014, Tony and I was traveling on Rt 52 between Oneida and Crossville TN and found Rugby, TN..it is an interesting town in the middle of NO WHERE....
We stopped at several of the buildings and took some pictures. Some of the houses are newer to look old but some are extremely old and for sale..If you are in the area you should really check it out. I found it to be interesting. Exciting things are happening these days in Historic Rugby! Our living historic village is more alive than ever! From new interpretive programming…..to beautifully restored historic buildings…….to a new State Natural Area that offers even more hiking possibilities than before……to new special events such as quilt shows, locally written and acted plays and lantern tours, gardening tours and an annual Antique Street Fair….we offer something for everyone!
Located on Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland Plateau adjacent to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area we are surrounded by gorgeous countryside and steeped in history.
ugby is central to several driving trails such as the new Top Secret: From Proton Beams to Utopian Dreams trail from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, the Hungry History Buff motorcycle trail, and the North Cumberland Scenic Byway. There is also the Northern Tour of Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau Nature Trail, a driving trail which explores fifteen unique outdoor sites in a nine county area including the Rugby State Natural Area. Please read below for more information!
And, if walking is more your style than driving, please continue to scroll down for information on a great book to help plan trips to East Tennessee: the East Tennessee Walking Tour and Historic Guide!Related to:
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
Rugby River Access Park
Sunday, May 4, 2014, Tony and I was out driving around and found this lovely little park. It is a river access for the Obed River Access. OBED WILD AND SCENIC RIVER. The Obed Wild and Scenic River looks much the same today as it did when the first white settlers strolled its banks in the late 1700s.
While meagerly populated due to poor farming soil, the river was a hospitable fishing and hunting area for trappers and pioneers. Today, the Obed stretches along the Cumberland Plateau and offers visitors a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Not many picnic areas and there are NO grills..but there is a rope swing..a great swimming hole this summer.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
- Family Travel
Christ Church, Episcopal
Christ Church, Rugby, has been continuously used for public worship since it was constructed in 1887, as an Episcopal Church. It was built in the Carpenter Gothic style and made of virgin pine, walnut and poplar from the surrounding forest. Charles Todd Quintard, Bishop of Tennessee at the time, celebrated the first Holy Communion at the church and also gave the stained-glass window in the apse. The window panels are dedicated to Margaret Hughes and Mary Blacklock, mother of the first rector of the church, Joseph Blacklock. There is a small rosewood reed organ which was made in London in 1849, and one of only a couple like it still in use today. The original kerosene lamps, brought from England, still hang in the sanctuary, although they are now connected to electricity. Electrical service did not reach this remote part of Tennessee until the 1950s.
Our guide through Christ Church was a local lay leader for the congregation, and also a handyman who had done much work in maintaining the old building. He pointed out details and shared stories about the building and the congregation that only someone who knew the place intimately could have done. It was a fascinating tour.
5517 Rugby Hwy, Rugby, Tennessee, 37733, United States
Good for: Families
Harrow Road Cafe: Serving Great Food Since 1882
"A cafe has been started in Harrow Road by a couple of enterprising young Englishmen and meals can be obtained there any time between the hours of 8 am and 10 pm. They have a long and varied list of comestibles and are likely to drive a roaring trade."
From THE RUGBEIAN Newspaper, 1882
More than 120 years after it was established, The Harrow Road Cafe is still the only place to eat in Rugby - and an excellent one at that. The site is original, although the building has been reconstructed. The restaurant now is owned and operated by Historic Rugby.
Favorite Dish: When we lunched recently at the Harrow Road Cafe I enjoyed the Shepherd's Pie. It's a British tradition - a casserole of roast beef & vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes & cheddar cheese, served with garden salad and spoon rolls. It was so satisfying and filling that I didn't really have room for dessert. But strawberry-rhubarb crisp was in season so Karen and I shared a serving. Although fresh Tennessee strawberries were growing in nearby fields, the server told us the strawberries they served were from California. Except for that sacrilege, everything was excellent.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Food and Dining
Rugby Commisary: A Fun Place to Browse and Buy
This is one of a couple of privately owned gift and craft shops in historic Rugby, in reconstructed 1800s buildings, fronted by a wooden sidewalk.
What to buy: Traditional crafts of the Cumberlands plus British wares, books, local jams, molasses and much more. I bought a book, The Historic Cumberland Plateau, An Explorer's Guide, by Russ Manning, from which I gathered some of the information on this page.
What to pay: Fair and reasonable prices.