Dayton’s Courthouse Square

Address: Dayton, TN
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The historic 1891 Rhea County Courthouse was the site of the famous Scopes Evolution Trial, where a Dayton high school teacher was tried for teaching evolution in 1925. Visit the Scopes Trial Museum in the courthouse’s lower level to learn more about the event, (known then as the “Monkey Trial”) as well as Rhea County’s history. Don’t miss the timeline on the front lawn sidewalk. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Scopes Trial Museum:423-775-7801


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