New Exhibits at the Historic Rhea County Courthouse

As part of the renovations to the historic Rhea County Courthouse, the Center for Historic Preservation recently unveiled a new exhibit on the history of the county, including the Strawberry Festival, Native communities, industrial transformations, and the Scopes Trial. This twelve-panel exhibit will be on display throughout the main floors of the courthouse. This project grew out of a Heritage Development Plan created by graduate students in Dr. Van West’s historic preservation class in the spring of 2017 at the request of the Rhea County Historical Society. In addition to this new exhibit and physical renovations to help preserve the building, the Courthouse’s existing museum on the Scopes Trial has been updated with new exhibits designed by Advent.

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