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

Broyles-Darwin House

Scopes Trial Trail

 
 
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Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 25, 2021
1. Broyles-Darwin House Marker
Inscription.  
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this historically. restored building is the oldest house within the Dayton city limits and was built in 1861 by S.D. Broyles, who was an early resident of Smith's Crossroads and a developer of South Dayton. The James Robert Darwin family bought the house in 1908 and during the Scopes Trial boarded two reporters.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
 
Location. 35° 29.1′ N, 85° 1.221′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Tennessee, in Rhea County. Marker is at the intersection of Cherry Street and Idaho Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Cherry Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 Idaho Avenue, Dayton TN 37321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walter F. Thomison Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of F.R. Rogers Home (about 400 feet away); Old Cornerstone / Smith's Crossroads (about 700 feet away); Smith’s Crossroads
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); F.E. Robinson's Drug Store, Aqua Hotel, Cumberland Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bailey Hardware (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bryan College (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
 
Regarding Broyles-Darwin House. Excerpt from the National Register nomination:
… The property known as the Broyles-Darwin House was the nucleus of the present city of Dayton. The subdividing of the Broyles land around the circa 1860 house, along with the coming of the railroad in 1875, stimulated the development of the city of Dayton. The original owners of the property, Stephen Sanders Decatur Broyles and his son, developed the land from circa 1875 to 1895. The Broyles transformed the valley portion of their farm land into the streets, residential areas, and commercial district of what became the south half of modern Dayton. …
 
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2. Broyles-Darwin House
National Register of Historic Places Digital Archive on NPGallery website entry
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Broyles-Darwin House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 25, 2021
3. Broyles-Darwin House Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 29, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   2. submitted on December 27, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   3. submitted on September 29, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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