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Address: 375 Church St, Dayton, TN 37321-1352
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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... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
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Waltham, Massachusetts
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 courtroom is still there and in the basement of the courthouse is a small museum... More 

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
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. Must stop!

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Thank James F
Daytona Beach, Florida
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24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Courthouse where scopes monkey trial occurred. Courthouse is in style of the day unable to see or comment on interior and what displays they may or may not have because it was a weekend and building was closed.

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Thank werray04
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10 reviews
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

The Rhea County Courthouse is a functioning courthouse and museum. The basement floor is loaded with memorabilia from days gone by and the famous Scope Trials. The second floor courtroom where the actual trial was held is still in use today and probably 85% original, only adding for modern convenience such as air conditioning etc. The people work work and... More 

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Thank Mike F
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Stopped in to see the Scoops trial courthouse and history. Has a small museum in the lower floor. The courthouse was in use the day we were there so couldn't go in. Was impressed that they still used the courthouse.

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Thank Mark G
Dayton, Tennessee
1 review
Reviewed 29 November 2016

My kids really enjoyed walking through the courthouse and learning a bit about history. I would like to visit again during the mock trials.

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Thank SRGoins
Soddy Daisy, Tennessee
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

As an officer of the courts I have visited the building often for document issuance and recording. I am always at awe with the history it holds. The energy is palpable even thought I never enjoyed the festival. You can bet I will next years.

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Thank lawgisticalsummo2016
Dayton
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

This place is small and very informative, with actual artifacts from the time period and things from the town. Would be great to stop in for a few hours after having lunch.

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Thank Claycapps
Harriman, Tennessee
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30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

I'm not going to tell you a secret...but a little starving town in the depression pulled themselves up by the bootstraps.....I'm not going to tell you the lie that is still printed in the history books. I'm not going to tell you the truth... but if you go to the museum in the bottom of the original courthouse that inspired... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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120 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Great place to visit while in the Chattanooga area. If you come during the Scopes Trial festival its a lot fun.

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