Victorian charm can be found in Rugby

Victorian charm can be found in Rugby

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Visitors will find all sorts of artifacts in Rugby. Visitors will find all sorts of artifacts in Rugby.
The Victorian way of life is also preserved. The Victorian way of life is also preserved.
You can also pick up souvenirs of your trip. You can also pick up souvenirs of your trip.

By TEARSA SMITH
Good Morning Tennessee Anchor/Reporter

RUGBY (WATE) - If you're looking for a charming destination you can visit without breaking the bank, you don't have to look any further than the restored Victorian village of Rugby in Morgan and Scott counties.

The village is about an hour and 15 minutes northwest of Knoxville.

Rugby is a flashback to life in 1880. As soon as you arrive, you'll see the hard work that has gone into preserving the Victorian-era look of the community. 

"Unfortunately for us, historic Rugby is one of the best-kept secrets in Tennessee," said Executive Director Cheryl Cribbet. "We don't care to have it that way anymore."

"Historic Rugby, as it was in the 1880s, is a travelers destination. We have historic buildings. We are a historic museum property. We have the historic buildings which you can tour every day," Cribbet added.

The village draws visitors from beyond East Tennessee. Iowa natives Joe and Pat Fuchs say they discovered Rugby while traveling through the area.

"We're antiquers and it's neat to see a community want to keep a community the way it was in the background," Joe Fuchs said.

Cribbet wants visitors to know there is plenty to do. "We have the shops of Rugby which includes the commissary store. We have the Sprit of Red Hill which is privately owned and operated and they are a store of oddments and antiques," she said.

There are also plenty of outdoor opportunities in the area. Rugby is nestled at the foot of Big South Fork Recreation National River and Recreation Center. It's also near Scott State Forest.

Whatever area you pick to visit, you are sure to see nature at its best. There are plenty of opportunities to get more than just fresh air.

"Incredible hiking, what people don't realize is the hiking that this area offers. We've got hikes to the Massengale Homeplace in the Rugby State Natural Area. We've got the Gentleman's Swimming Hole Trail," Cribbet said.

The Gentleman's Swimming Hole Trail is the oldest in-use hiking trail in Tennessee. It was built by the settlers of Rugby in the 1880s.

Planning your visit is all about timing. On the weekend of May 14-15, a huge event is coming to Rugby. It's the 37th Annual Festival of British and Appalachian Culture. There will be music and dancing, along with lots of traditional arts and crafts and storytelling.

"This year we will also be adding to that two-day event on Saturday Picking at Rugby Blue Grass Competition. It's going to be exciting. We are really going to have a lot of great talent here," Cribbet said.

"It is beautiful. You've got to come here," Joe Fuchs said. "It's well worth a trip."

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