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Rhea County Courthouse

375 Church St, Dayton, TN 37321-1352
+1 423-775-7841
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Interesting.

We were free to walk through the courthouse, built in 1891. The woodwork is beautiful, and the... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2017
shooiec
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Michigan
Very interesting museum

We stopped by to visit the Scope Monkey Trial Museum in the basement of the courthouse. 30 minutes... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2017
CLRD4TO
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Stuart, FL
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375 Church St, Dayton, TN 37321-1352
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

We were free to walk through the courthouse, built in 1891. The woodwork is beautiful, and the court room where the Scopes trial was held is pretty amazing. So much character compared with today's architecture. We went through the museum in the basement. There was...More

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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

We stopped by to visit the Scope Monkey Trial Museum in the basement of the courthouse. 30 minutes would probably be a reasonable amount of time to allow for a visit. No charge but donations are accepted.

Thank CLRD4TO
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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

We walked through the museum on Sunday morning. It was ostensibly closed, but they let us walk through as another party had arranged a special visit that morning. Riding their coat tails, we got to see the museum, which has a nice storyboard about the...More

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Reviewed 23 July 2017

We went to the play "Frontpage News" presented in the actual courtroom where the Scopes Monkey Trial took place. It was fantastic. Well written and well performed. This only happens during the Scopes Festival so get on the Cumberland County Playhouse email list to get...More

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Reviewed 17 July 2017

We traveled to Dayton, Tennessee for the express purpose of visiting the Rhea County Courthouse where the Scopes "Monkey Trial" was conducted. The Courthouse bore a sign that said, "Read your Bible", just steps away from the newly unveiled statue of Clarence Darrow. The second...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

I truly enjoyed my visit to the famous and Beautiful Courthouse, so much history makes this tour really worth the drive...🤗😉

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Reviewed 12 July 2017

great experience great history the most famous trial of the time 1925 great old courtroom and museum this trial changed the way that science was taught this trial was an attempt to discredit the Bible very quaint very small town well worth the travel for...More

Thank Louis G
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

We didn't see the actual courthouse it's still in use. There was no one there to kind of point us in the right direction so we may have missed something I don't know. We walked the first floor and the basement museum. Museum was ok,...More

Thank caleb s
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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Not many people remember or know about the Scopes' Trial (John T. Scopes v. State of Tennessee) that took place at this courthouse in 1925, but it was a national event (first court case to be publicized nationwide via radio) at the time. The original...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We were trying to find a place to eat and saw the sign that the Scopes trial happened here. The museum was quite informative and the court room is the same where 1000 people crammed into an unairconditioned upstairs room to watch the trail unfold....More

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Bryan stayed at the F.R. Rogers home. He also died there on July 26, 1985. The site for this home is at the corner of Market and Georgia. The house that now stands there is not the original Rogers house. This information... More
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