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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Dayton, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Rhea County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Rhea County, TN (29) Bledsoe County, TN (17) Cumberland County, TN (27) Hamilton County, TN (590) Meigs County, TN (31) Roane County, TN (48)  RheaCounty(29) Rhea County (29)  BledsoeCounty(17) Bledsoe County (17)  CumberlandCounty(27) Cumberland County (27)  HamiltonCounty(590) Hamilton County (590)  MeigsCounty(31) Meigs County (31)  RoaneCounty(48) Roane County (48)
Dayton is the county seat for Rhea County
Dayton is in Rhea County
      Rhea County (29)  
      Bledsoe County (17)  
      Cumberland County (27)  
      Hamilton County (590)  
      Meigs County (31)  
      Roane County (48)  
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1Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — Bailey Hardware — Scopes Trial Trail
This building has a loft that was used during the Scopes Trial as the Press Hall — a place where many of the 120 reporters worked and had their sleeping quarters. W. C. Bailey also owned Scopes' boardinghouse.Map (db m177936) HM
2Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — Broyles-Darwin House — Scopes Trial Trail
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 . . . Map (db m182774) HM
3Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — Bryan College — Southeast Tennessee Religious Heritage Trail
During the Scopes Trial, William Jennings Bryan expressed the wish that a school might be established in Dayton to teach from a Biblical perspective. Following his death on July 26, 1925, a national association was formed to establish such an . . . Map (db m177943) HM
4Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — 2B 27 — Bryan College
Bryan College was named to honor William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), American statesman, orator, three-time democratic presidential candidate, former secretary of state, and spokesman for religious orthodoxy in the modernist-fundamentalist . . . Map (db m150437) HM
5Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — Cedar Hill — Scopes Trial Trail
This building was erected in 1929 by Dr. Walter Agnew Thomison and local businessmen as Dayton's first hospital. It was leased by Bryan University from 1932-38 and used as a women's dormitory, college dining hall, and kitchen. From 1938-46, it was . . . Map (db m182764) HM
6Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — David Campbell Memorial
1750 1812 Revolutionary War soldier David Campbell Major-VA 1st Clerk of Washington County, VA Marker placed by Judge David Campbell Chap., NSDAR 2011Map (db m150531) WM
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7Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — F.E. Robinson's Drug Store, Aqua Hotel, Cumberland Presbyterian Church — Scopes Trial Trail
This is the site of the drug store where the first local plans for the Scopes Trial were made by Robinson, George Rappleyea, and others. Next door on the west side was the Aqua Hotel, where the following trial participants roomed, ate, or conferred: . . . Map (db m182756) HM
8Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — First United Methodist Church — Scopes Trial Trail
Here William Jennings Bryan made his last public appearance when he attended the morning worship on Sunday, July 26, 1925, and was asked to lead in prayer. The current building has been renovated and expandedMap (db m182768) HM
9Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — John Morgan Furniture — Scopes Trial Trail
In business since 1909, this company rented its second-floor living quarters to Scopes Trial reporters from periodicals such as Harper's Weekly.Map (db m182753) HM
10Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — McKenzie Law Office — Scopes Trial Trail
This office is that of James W. McKenzie, grandson of B.G. McKenzie and nephew of J. G. McKenzie, Scopes Trial prosecuting attorneys.Map (db m177938) HM
11Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — Old Cornerstone / Smith's Crossroads — Scopes Trial Trail
Old Cornerstone In 1832, the tree that marked the corner between John Abel and Robert Cosby was replaced with the stone by this plaque. Smith's Crossroads On Highway 30 west at the outskirts of Dayton, there is a Trail of Tears . . . Map (db m55805) HM
12Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — Rhea County Courthouse
(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 . . . Map (db m82313) HM
13Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — Rhea County Veteran's Memorial
In honor of the gallant men and women of Rhea County who participated in the struggle to keep American mighty and free WORLD WAR II (left plaque) U.S. Army Allen, Glen C. • Atkins, William M. • Baker, John C. • . . . Map (db m54246) WM
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14Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — Site of F.R. Rogers Home — Scopes Trial Trail
Although this is not the original Rogers house, the retaining wall bordering the property is original. During the trial, the Rogers family moved out to let William Jennings Bryan and his family stay here. It was here that Bryan died on July 26, 1925.Map (db m182771) HM
15Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — Site of Rhea County High School — Scopes Trial Trail
On the north side of this site, 75 yards south of the creek, was the school where in 1924-25 John T. Scopes coached football, basketball, and baseball as well as taught mathematics, physics, and chemistry. The building was used by Bryan University . . . Map (db m182748) HM
16Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — 2B 28 — Smith’s Crossroads
Named for pioneer settler William Smith, a New England teacher and merchant, who settled here in 1820, it was the junction of the Kiuka War Trace (later Black Fox Trail) to the Cumberland and the main north-south Indian trail to the Great Lakes. . . . Map (db m4053) HM
17Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — 2B 23 — The Scopes Trial
Here, from July 10 to 21, 1925, John Thomas Scopes, a county high school teacher, was tried for teaching that man descended from a lower order of animals, in violation of a lately passed state law. William Jennings Bryan assisted the prosecution; . . . Map (db m82314) HM
18Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — W.C. Bailey Boardinghouse — Scopes Trial Trail
John T. Scopes lived here the year he taught in Dayton. During the Scopes Trial, Scopes' father and columnist Bugs Baer stayed here.Map (db m182750) HM
19Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — Walter F. Thomison Home — Scopes Trial Trail
This house was built in 1890 by Dr. Walter F. Thomison, who was the chief doctor for the Dayton Coal and Iron Company, the local surgeon for the Southern Railway System, and the attending physician to William Jennings Bryan at his death.Map (db m182772) HM
20Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — 2B 31 — Washington Ferry
About 1807, Conley Hastings established a ferry at this site. Originally, it provided transportation between the town of Washington to the west and the Cherokee Territory to the east of the river, and later between the Rhea and Meigs County seats of . . . Map (db m150312) HM
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21Tennessee (Rhea County), Dayton — William Jennings Bryan
(Marker front): William Jennings Bryan 1860 - 1925 Presidential Nominee Secretary of State Congressman Christian Statesman Author and Orator (On the statue's proper left): "Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a . . . Map (db m54243) HM
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Sep. 29, 2022