Join the Tennessee State Museum for their next “Experience Tennessee” bus day trip as they travel to beautiful Dayton, Tennessee. The town drew national attention in 1925 during the controversial “monkey trial” at the historic Rhea County Courthouse. The court case centered on the prosecution by the State of Tennessee of a substitute high school teacher, John Scopes, who read Darwin’s The Origin of Species to his science class. National reporters flocked to Dayton to cover the big-name lawyers who had agreed to represent each side. William Jennings Bryan, three-time presidential candidate, argued for the prosecution, while Clarence Darrow, the famed defense attorney, defended Scopes. You will also enjoy the newly renovated Rhea Heritage Center and the annual Scopes Festival on the courthouse grounds.
You won’t want to miss this one! Dine on local cuisine and soak in the local culture.
For more information, please visit tnmuseum.org or call our Community Engagement Manager, Rachel Helvering, at (615) 253-0149.
Source: Tennessee State Museum
$80/Early Bird if purchased prior to June 30
$75/TN State Museum Foundation Member if purchased prior to June 20
All tickets include the cost of transportation, tips, admission to sites, snacks and lunch at Monkey Town Brewery.
Phone: (615) 253-0149