Thanksgiving Marketplace And Cream Tea At Historic Rugby

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - by Amy Barnes
Ladies of Rugby preparing for the British Cream Tea.
Ladies of Rugby preparing for the British Cream Tea.

Step back in time on Friday, Nov. 23, at Historic Rugby for the annual Thanksgiving Marketplace and British Cream Tea. It’s a delightful alternative to Black Friday madness.  

Kick off your holiday shopping for unique gifts from friendly local artists demonstrating their crafts: Sue Duncan, spinning and weaving; Gail Hall, rug hooking; Mhairi Gehlar, one-of-a-kind handmade dolls; Linda Asberry, recycled silverware jewelry, Mara Trumbo, oil painting, and Debra Redden, ornaments and dolls. Plus, the welcoming shopkeepers of the Rugby Commissary, Spirit of Red Hill, The Shoppe at Zenith Cottage, and The Carriage House Gallery are stocked and ready for your holiday shopping.  

Tour five historic buildings and see our award winning film and mural at the Rugby Visitor Centre.  A special treat at Thanksgiving Marketplace is a delightful British Cream Tea served at the 1880s Inn, Newbury House. Join us for traditional teas and delicious sweets fireside in the parlor surrounded by festive holiday decorations.  Tea will be served at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Eastern (12 and 2 p.m. Central). Reservations are advised for this very popular event.

The Harrow Road Cafe will be open from 8:30 a.m. with seating for dinner from 5 p.m. until 8:45 p.m.   Eastern Time serving your favorite meals and desserts.  Come to the Visitor Centre for site admission and tours, $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for senior citizens 60 and above, $3.00 for students.  Children under six and Historic Rugby members are admitted free.  Thanksgiving Marketplace hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Eastern Time; the Café remains open until 9 pm.

Call Historic Rugby toll-free at 888 214-3400 or locally 628-2441 to make reservations for the tea or for further information on Thanksgiving Marketplace or Christmas At Rugby, on Dec. 8.  British-founded Historic Rugby is located on State Scenic Highway 52, approximately half way between Jamestown and Huntsville, Tennessee, at the southern boundary of the Big South Fork National Park.  More information is available at

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