Historic Rugby Offers Special Guided Walking Tour On Sept. 24

Monday, September 12, 2016 - by Wayne Bowman
Kingston Lisle
Kingston Lisle

Historic Rugby will offer a special walking tour on Saturday, Sept. 24, that will give visitors good exercise—and a unique perspective on this 1880s Victorian Village.

This is a new offering from Historic Rugby.  The first guided tour will focus on highlighting the history, architecture and landscapes of one of Tennessee’s best preserved and most beautiful historic villages.  Longtime Rugby resident Rick Murphy will lead the tour.

The tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. Eastern (9:30 a.m. Central) at the Historic Rugby Visitor Centre with a film. The walking portion of the tour will begin immediately after the film. After about an hour of moderate walking there will be a break for lunch at the Harrow Road Café. After lunch the walking tour will continue for about an hour. The tour will maintain a steady walking pace down paved and graveled paths with a short passage through a wooded path and a mowed open meadow. Tour will be rain or shine so wear appropriate attire for the weather. Cost includes movie, tour, and lunch.

Cost is $20 per person, and reservations are limited to 20. To make a reservation, visit www.historicrugby.org and click on the Online Store, or call 423/628-2441.

Rugby was founded in 1880 with the goal of building a strong agricultural community through cooperative enterprise, while maintaining a cultured, Christian lifestyle, free of the rigid class distinctions that prevailed in Britain at the time. The village has continued for 135 years, with numerous original buildings either restored or recreated. Learn more about the history of Rugby and its unique attractions at www.historicrugby.org.

Historic Rugby, Inc., the non-profit that oversees preservation and education in the village, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016.

Rugby is just off State Scenic Hwy. 52, 16 miles southeast of Jamestown and 35 miles from either Interstate 40 or I-75 in East Tennessee on the southern edge of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

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