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Historic Rugby
1331 Rugby Parkway
Rugby, TN 37733 United States
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Founder’s Day & Michaelmas Tea

Founder’s Day & Michaelmas Tea

October 7 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

On Founder’s Day we honor Rugby, TN, founder Thomas Hughes (1822-1897)  but also award someone else from recent history instrumental in propelling Historic Rugby and Hughes’ now-renowned village into the present and future. There will be artists and crafters on site, wonderful food available at The Canteen, a 10:30 a.m. EDT Gentlemen’s Croquet Game in front of the Gazebo, an 11 a.m. EDT concert by the Rugby Cornet Band at the Gazebo, Rugby Edged in Black tours of the historic buildings and the village decked out in its fall finery. Yet more: A 3:45 p.m. EDT Founders Day Award ceremony at Kingstone Lisle, and a 4 p.m. EDT Cake Walk on the Kingstone Lisle grounds. Bring the whole family for a day of wholesome fun and history extending back 143 years! FREE. Lodging is available at historicrugby.org .

Also the same afternoon Christ Church Episcopal in Rugby will offer its annual Michaelmas Tea with seatings at Noon & 2 p.m. Eastern. Reservations at $15 per person are recommended and may be made by contacting Dorcus McBrayer at this EMAIL or by phone at 423-628-1282 or 865-748-9252. Space is limited so reserve early. The site is the Friendly House behind Christ Church. Join in to celebrate the joys of tasty tea, tiny foods & conversation with friends!

Founder’s Award 2021, Tom Martin & Family

Founder’s Award, Rita Myers, left, 2022

Michaelmas Tea




October 7
10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT


Historic Rugby