Thursday, August 6, 2009


Aug. 5, 2009---Walked to Dayton, TN and had a good breakfast at the Dayton Restaurant. Walked a short distance to the Rhea County Courthouse to see where the evolution trial took place. This courthouse was built in 1890 and has been designated an historic landmark. The courthouse is still in use. In the basement is a museum with memorabilia related to the famous trial which is known as “The Monkey Trial.” This event took place in 1925 and pitted William Jennings Bryan a candidate for the U.S. presidency in 1896 against Clarence Darrow, America’s most famous criminal lawyer. This trial was to settle the issue of the evolution of man.

Maryann picked up some fresh produce at the “Farmers Market” on the street by the courthouse. Chris went for the watermelon!

Had a little wait before crossing an intersection.

Clint lured a few of the geese near the boat by feeding them pieces of bread.

Having viewed the historic site we had come to see, we departed the small town dock and made our way slowly back to the Tennessee River. A look over the shoulder is a view of the peaceful dock. Had to stop and reverse the engines to get the moss off the props and rudders.

Down the river at mile 487.5 turned starboard and went up Soddy Creek to anchor in the cove we have become so familiar with. The boys were ready for a swim. The water is nicer than it was in the Hiwassee River and they really enjoyed themselves. At 5:00 p.m. we all loaded in the dinghy and went up the creek one mile to eat heartily at Steve’s Landing. After the fine meal we returned to the “mother ship” as we often refer to the “Dream Manor” when riding in the dinghy. We spent the evening playing card games. Winners will not be announced!

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