Today, however, we dug out our tourist hats and made a 40 minute drive southeast to Dayton, Tennessee. Neither of us had ever been here though we lived in Tennessee for many years and knew the story that made Dayton famous.
A small documentary style museum of the Scopes trial is on display in the basement of the Rhea County Courthouse. Enlarged photographs are the primary items on display.
|Rhea County Courthouse (pronounced RAY) in Dayton, Tennessee|
Built in 1891. Site of "State of Tennessee v. Scopes" Trial
|The main exhibit room of the Scopes Monkey Trial Museum.|
In 1955, a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee debuted entitled Inherit The Wind. It fictionalized the Scopes Monkey trial. In 1960 Stanley Kramer directed actors Spencer Tracy and Fredric March in the film adaption of the play by the same name. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards but was not historically accurate.
|Inside the actual courtroom where the Scopes Monkey Trail took place.|
Second floor of Rhea County Courthouse.
|Wayne in section of courtroom seating. |
These seats date back to the days of the Scopes Monkey Trial
|In front of the famous landmark.|
|Lexie and Pop|