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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.

Condition:
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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