By Ellen Probert Williamson
As we come to the end of November, we are face to face with some important celebrations: Thanksgiving, the day of St. Andrew, the national emblem of Scotland, and the beginning of Advent in the Christian faith that leads up to Christmas.
It is common knowledge that Thanksgiving began in New England as the Pilgrims’ celebration of gratitude for being alive and prospering after their first year of deprivation in the New World.
Candlelit visits to traditionally decorated historic buildings, glimpses of 1880s Rugby Christmases, seasonal music, an award-winning film and mural at the Rugby Visitor Centre & Theatre and a traditional Victorian dinner all await visitors to Christmas at Historic Rugby.
The annual holiday fundraiser will be on Dec. 3 at the British-founded museum village atop the Cumberland Plateau.
25 Years Ago
Property tax bills were about a month and a half late in being mailed out due to Roane County’s reappraisal process. An estimated $200,000 that would normally have been deposited was yet to be collected. To keep the county from operating in a deficit, $300,000 was transferred from the general-purpose fund on a tax anticipation note, to be repaid with interest.