Clyde Fitzgerald stands in front of the historic Rhea County Courthouse holding the sign to mark the beginning of the Scopes Festival Bus Tour. Fitzgerald will serve as guide for the tour as it visits numerous sites around Dayton that played a part in the 1925 Scopes Trial.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-07-16 16:33:29)
Source: The Herald-News
The Rhea County Courthouse lawn will be the beginning point for bus tours of significant trial sites in the Dayton area. Local residents and festival guests are invited to board the bus where they will hear the history and see the places which are important sites related to the trial. Rev. Clyde Fitzgerald, a Rhea County native and veteran tour guide, will accompany each group.
Points along the tour will include the original site of Robinson’s Drug Store, the place where plans for the trial originated. Various businesses and residences which provided housing for numerous reporters and attorneys in 1925 will be identified. The bus will pass Bailey’s Boardinghouse, home to John Scopes while teaching in Dayton and the site of Rhea Central High School in 1925, the school where Scopes taught. Another historic site will be the First United Methodist Church where William Jennings Bryan made his last public appearance when he attended the morning worship on Sunday, July 26, 1925. The tour will include a drive through the campus of Bryan College.
All tours will begin and end at the historic Rhea County Courthouse. Festival goers should meet at the “Tours” sign on the front lawn to board the bus. Tours are scheduled for Friday, July 19, between 4 and 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Passengers will remain on the bus during the tour. The tours are a complimentary activity of the festival.
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