Historic Markers Across Tennessee



Rhea County Courthouse



Marker ID:  
Location: 1475 Market Street, Dayton, TN
County: Rhea
Coordinates: N 35° 29.686    W 085° 0.749
  35.49476666    -85.01248333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None
 



Text:

(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 issued 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.