Rugby’s Sept. 16 Lantern Tour Features 10 Characters

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - by Wayne Bowman

The 2017 version of Historic Rugby’s unique Lantern Tour of Laurel Dale Cemetery, on Saturday Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. Eastern (5 Central), will unmask characters from Rugby’s past as costumed presenters share the true stories of a colorful assortment of the graveyard’s residents.

Hear in her own words from the widow left to complete construction of Rugby’s library. There’s also the lady who rode a white horse, came to Rugby to dance and remained for 50 years. Listen to a British-born wine merchant turned chicken farmer who holds the Rugby record for bankruptcies, as well as singing for entertainment.

Those and others now dearly departed will tell their tales in Laurel Dale Cemetery where each lies. They speak for themselves in words taken from letters, diaries, newspaper accounts and interviews.

Tickets at $15 ($10 children 12 and under) are limited to 40 total because of the outdoor setting on sacred ground, so reservations are required. Call 423-628-2441 to reserve or for lodging information or click “Events” on our website www.historicrugby.org for more details and online tickets.

“Visitors for several years have enjoyed these history moments told in a unique setting,” said Teresa Bowman, executive director of Historic Rugby, the non-profit that benefits from the event.  “The presenters really bring our residents of the old times back to life. It’s a rare chance to meet them.”

Participants may want to dine before or afterward at Historic Rugby’s Harrow Road Café, with its British and American dishes. For group reservations, call 423-628-2350. Saturday dinner hours are until 9/8 Central.

Rugby, founded in 1880 as a British-American utopian village, is just off State Scenic Hwy. 52, sixteen miles southeast of Jamestown and 35 miles from either Interstate 40 or I-75 in western East Tennessee.



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