Featured Road Trips
Most all road trips in Morgan County include a visit to R. M. Brooks General Store in Rugby. This little place on the Cumberland Plateaus is known for it's famous fried balogna sandwiches and to die for cheeseburgers. Cooked on the grill just right, these can't be beat!
The store has been the center of social interaction and commercial exchange for community members and visitors since its inception in the early 1930s by my grandparents, R. M. and NETTIE BROOKS. Now owned by Tiffany and Gary Terry,great grandaughter of RM and Nellie, the store has taken on two new additions: Brooks Corner RV and Camper Park and A Little Closer to Heaven Tree House. Inside the store you can find hidden treasures and unexpected surprises! Rugby Rumble is held here and you will find old cars and trucks on display. You never know when a lot of motorcycles will show up on their way around Morgan County.
Historic Rugby, Tennessee is a 1880's Historic Village and was founded in 1880 by British author Thomas Hughes, with 17 original buildings, hiking trails, shops, lodging, print shop, tours, film, NPS park info. The village sponsors a Holiday Tea the Friday & Saturday after Thanksgiving along with a Market Day throughout the Village. All proceeds go in to supporting this. Recently the Harrow Road Cafe burned to the ground . If you are staying in one of the village's homes or airbnb rooms, you will love not only the beauty of Historic Rugby, but you will enjoy the peace and quiet of the village. Check out their website for local events.
Home of the Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival
Wartburg was founded in the 1840s by George Gerding, a land speculator who bought up large tracts of land in what is now Morgan County with plans to establish a series of German colonies in the Cumberland region. German and Swiss immigrants arrived at the site by traveling from New Orleans up the Mississippi, Tennessee, and Emory rivers. They named the settlement after Wartburg Castle in Germany. Today, Morgan County is home to Frozen Head State Park, the headquarters of the Obed Wild and Scenic River, Lone Mountain State Forest, Catoosa Wildlife Management Area, Historic Rugby Tennessee, the Historic Brushy Mountain Penitentiary and also part of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
Brushy Mountain was the last place you wanted to find yourself – right in the middle of Tennessee’s first maximum-security prison holding the state’s most violent murderers, robbers and rapists for over a century. With some sentences of 200 years or more, most of the men who walked through its gates would never be walking out. Come see for yourself just what life was like for lost souls at the End of the Line. Check website for winter hours.