HISTORY of RHEA COUNTY Established 1807
Organized January 25, 1808
Dayton is county seat
The Scopes Museum-Rhea County Courthouse
475 Market St
The courthouse has been restored to its 1925 vintage
The museum tells the story of the legal battle popularly called the "Scopes Monkey Trial"
Designated a National Historic Landmark 1977
Open Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Watts Bar Lake/Watts Bar Dam
72 miles of water
783 miles of shoreline
Offers unlimited opportunities for any type of water recreation