NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Take the next “Experience Tennessee” bus day trip to Dayton, leaving 7 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21 from downtown Nashville.
Dayton 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. Guests can enjoy the newly-renovated Rhea Heritage Center and the annual Scopes Festival on the courthouse grounds.
Participants will be able to park for free in the State Capitol parking lot where everyone will board the bus. Cost of the trip is $90, with an Early Bird Special of $80 if tickets are purchased before June 30. All tickets include the cost of transportation, tips, admission to sites, snacks and lunch at Monkey Town Brewery.
For tickets, click here.
For more information, visit www.tnmuseum.org or call Community Engagement Manager Rachel Helvering at 615-253-0149.
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