DescriptionIn the small town of Dayton during the summer of 1925 the basic principles of education were profoundly shaken. The eyes of the world were on the trial of John T. Scopes, a high-school science teacher accused of teaching evolution as fact rather than theory.
So great were the implications of this landmark case that the greatest legal minds of the day—William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow—served as prosecution and defense attorneys, respectively. Darrow and Scopes lost, but the philosophy of education was never quite the same thereafter. Bryan died in town the Sunday following the verdict. In 1930 the small, Christian, liberal arts college of Bryan was founded in his honor.
The 7-day Tennessee Strawberry Festival in early May includes concerts, gospel singing, arts and crafts displays, sports events, parades, fireworks and strawberry foodstuffs.
Visitor InfoRhea Economic and Tourism Council 107 Main St. DAYTON, TN 37321. Phone:(423)775-6171
Things to SeeRhea County Courthouse & Museum