Rhea County, Tennessee
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Rhea County Information
Founded in 1807, Rhea County is named for Tennessee politician and Revolutionary War veteran John Rhea.
A portion of the Trail of Tears ran through the county as part of the United States government's removal of the Cherokee in the 1830s.

The Scopes Trial, which resulted from the teaching of evolution being banned in Tennessee public schools under the Butler Act, took place in Rhea County in 1925. The trial was one of the first to be referred to as the "Trial of the Century". William Jennings Bryan played a role as prosecutor in trial, and he died in Dayton shortly after the trial ended. A statue of Bryan was recently erected on the grounds of the Rhea County Courthouse.

Rhea Springs
Rhea Spring

Dayton is the county seat and largest city.

 Dayton (county seat)

 Graysville * Spring City

Unincorporated Communities
 Evensville * Five Points * Frazier * Grandview * Liberty Hill * Ogden * Old Washington

Former Community
 Rhea Springs

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Website Updates:
May 2017: Revolutionary War soldiers, bios and pension info.  Marriage announcements:  BROWN-KIMBROUGH, BIGGS-COOPER, HYDER-HUGHES, BAKER-GIVENS.  Obits for STULTZ, JONES, DONALDSON




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