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“Love the Preserved Historical Value of Rugby”
Review of Historic Rugby

Historic Rugby
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Rugby
Certificate of Excellence
Franklin, Tennessee
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Love the Preserved Historical Value of Rugby”
Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to Rugby. The staff was very friendly and truly loved their work and Rugby. We will go back again. Would live to go at Christmas.

Thank lydiafaye0206
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English first
Madison, Indiana, United States
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106 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Part of a package we create for ourselves”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

We blundered into Rugby many years ago and have been back several times since. The marketers do a great job of coming up with unique events and those events are appealing, but we always visit on our own schedule. We've been to Rugby in November for my birthday, in spring when rhododendron were in full bloom, for our anniversary in July, and have enjoyed ourselves each time. You can see everything in Rugby in a day, if you're there on a day when things are open. Don't assume they keep regular tourist hours; confirm online or by phone for the day or days you'll be visiting. Each site--the print shop, the Commissary, the Visitor Center, and others--is worth spending time. Part of the town is a fee area; you're expected to pay before walking around or taking photos. Check with the Visitor Center for details. There's some great hiking right from town, although the loop to the Massengale Homestead isn't much, nor is the homestead itself that exciting. We wouldn't drive to Rugby to see Rugby; there's not enough there. But as part of a package that includes hiking and mountain biking on the nearby Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, it's one of the more appealing travel packages we created for ourselves.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Rich R
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Maryville, Tennessee
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286 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Beautiful little town”
Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

Visited Rugby during the Antiques Sale and had a great time shopping the different booths. Can't really imagine visiting Rugby when there isn't a special event going on though. Not much to see/do here. It's nice but I'd go when there is a special event going on.

Visited June 2013
Thank wmtip
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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132 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2013

The settlement of Rugby village by the 2nd sons of British gentry in the late 1800s is little known off the plateau but is fascinating. Being areader and lover of books as well as history I alway senjoy the visit to the library at Rugby a highlight of the tour. If one is also a hiker there are several trails nearby, including one to the original Gentleman's Swimming Hole. I also recommend taking time to visit the large historic cemetery where early settlers of Rugby are buried along with recent community burials. There are several festivals throughout the yar at Rugby. It is my intention to schedule a visit badk during one of these events. I have been told to book accomodations at the Grey Gables Inn and other B&B places at Rugby up to a year in advance for the festivals.

Visited May 2013
Thank HappyGran1
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A little piece of history”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

loved the village, especially the library with its thousands of volumes from the 1880s, the beautiful church, all the buildings, and the people we met. The tour was "enough"--not boring.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank CeliaASheville
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