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Rhea County Courthouse

225 S. 8th Street
Dayton, Tennessee    County of Rhea.
National Register Number: 72001251
Property type: Government Building: Local. Resource type: Building.
Congressional District: TN-3 Certified Local Government: NO
The Threat Status was Watch in the year 2006.
Ownership: PublicLocal.
Themes: The Law.
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Current use/information: Courthouse.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 8, 1976):
From July 10-21, 1925, this was the scene of the controversial and widely-publicized trial of John Thomas Scopes (1901-1970) for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in a Dayton public school. A battle of wits between two great lawyers--William Jennings Bryan, for the prosecution, and Clarence Darrow, for the defense--the trial symbolized the clash between fundamentalist and modernist thought in science, theology, philosophy, and politics.

The water infiltration through the unsound roof that was reported in 2006 has yet to be addressed. A 2007 inspection found that the general structure, exterior walls, foundation walls, and perimeter walls are in very good condition for a building of its age. Some exterior brick needs re-pointing, large cracks need to be filled and the flashing around the towers must be repaired.

No additional changes since the last reporting period.

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