Historic Rugby issues statement on Harrow Road Cafe

For many non-profit organizations, 2020 has been a particularly tough year, but Rugby has just endured another blow; the beloved Harrow Road Café was destroyed by a fire over the Labor Day Weekend.

The café was built in 1985 as part of a Rugby Village Center Development that included the restoration of Newbury House and reconstruction of the Commissary. It quickly became the natural meeting place to chat and grab a bite to eat, and many events were hosted there through the years. The loss of the café will be deeply felt by the community and visitors alike.

Fortunately, Rugby has a history of overcoming adversity, and that spirit is alive and well! Visitors are always welcomed with open arms for tours of our historic buildings, shopping, hiking, and swimming. Lodging is also available! You can bring a picnic, stock up the kitchen yourself at one of our rental cottages, or you can grab a bite to eat at R.M. Brooks General Store. Events will continue as planned.

Historic Rugby Inc. is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. Due to the pandemic, the organization was already under financial strain, so the loss of the Harrow Road Café makes the already challenging situation even worse. Please help us continue our mission of preserving, protecting and sharing the story of this special place. Consider making a donation today and you will become a member at historicrugby.org.


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