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Dayton in Rhea County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Rhea County Courthouse

 
 
Rhea County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, April 8, 2012
1. Rhea County Courthouse
Inscription.
(left brick column near sidewalk)
Rhea County
Courthouse
1891

Site of
Scopes Evolution Trial
1925

National Historic
Landmark
1977

(right brick column near sidewalk)
Scopes Evolution Trial
Considered one of the most significant trials of the 20th century, The Scopes Evolution Trial featured a contest of issues argued by some of the most famous lawyers in America. Creation versus evolution, science versus religion, majority versus minority rights, role of parent and government in education were discussed at length.

(plaque on courthouse porch column)
Scopes Trial Trail
Rhea County Courthouse & Museum

This Romanesque Revival-Italian Villa Style courthouse was built in 1891, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, and restored at the completion of the Scopes Trial Museum in 1978.
 
Location. 35° 29.686′ N, 85° 0.749′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Tennessee, in Rhea County. Marker is on Market Street (Tennessee Route 30) north of 2nd Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1475 Market Street, Dayton TN 37321, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Right brick column near sidewalk image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, April 8, 2012
2. Right brick column near sidewalk
are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rhea County Veteran's Memorial (here, next to this marker); William Jennings Bryan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Scopes Trial (within shouting distance of this marker); Smith’s Crossroads (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Cornerstone / Smith's Crossroads (approx. 0.7 miles away); Graysville Academy (approx. 4.9 miles away); Blythe Ferry (approx. 5.5 miles away); Rhea County / Hamilton County (approx. 5.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
 
Additional comments.
1. National Historic Landmark status
The official National Park Service date for the courthouse's NHL status is 8 Dec 1976.
    — Submitted April 9, 2012, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.

 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Left brick column near sidewalk image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, April 8, 2012
3. Left brick column near sidewalk
Plaque on courthouse porch image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, April 8, 2012
4. Plaque on courthouse porch
located on the porch column above the entrance to the museum in the basement.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 367 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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