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Founders’ Day Celebration & Michaelmas Tea

Founders’ Day Celebration & Michaelmas Tea

October 1, 2022 @ 10:00 am EDT

Help celebrate 15 decades + since Rugby’s founding on the Cumberland Plateau in 1880, our 142nd Anniversary. ALSO this year will mark to the month the 200th anniversary of our founder Thomas Hughes’ birth, Oct. 20,1822! A special program will be included.

Hours are 10-5 EDT (9-4 Central). FREE. Take time to and enjoy arts, crafts, food, and music (at the Gazebo) while exploring this lovely Victorian Village.  Local artists and crafters will be here demonstrating their skills with the results of their talent available for purchase.  We look forward to seeing you! Questions? Call us at 423-628-2441 Ext. 1 Wednesdays through Sundays.

This event is funded in part by a grant from the TN Arts Commission.

The same day, Rugby’s Christ Church Episcopal is holding its annual Michaelmas Tea, with seatings at Noon & 2 Eastern (11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Central time) at the Friendly House just behind the church. Reservations are $15 per person.  They may be made by calling Dorcus McBrayer at 423-628-1282 or 865-748-9252 or emailing grannymcbrayer@gmail.com . All proceeds from the tea will go toward funding restoration of the church’s beautiful stained glass window, which was just completed Sept. 13.

Event support from the TN Arts Commission


October 1, 2022
10:00 am EDT