Dayton in Rhea County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Rhea County Courthouse
(left brick column near sidewalk)
Scopes Evolution Trial
(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. Touch 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 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. 5½ miles away); Rhea County / Hamilton County (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
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.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2012, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 413 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on April 9, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 9, 2012, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.