Rhea County was established in 1807 and its county seat is Dayton. Originally, the county seat was Washington, a thriving marketplace during the early nineteenth century. However, the wealth of coal, iron and limestone in the Dayton area made it a major manufacturing center that encouraged the growth of the town. As a result of its large number of citizens and its large number of employment opportunities through the iron and coal industry, Rhea Countians voted to move the county seat from Washington to Dayton in 1889. The county became internationally famous in 1925 when the Scope Trial was held in Dayton, Tennessee and the courthouse where the trial took place is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information regarding Rhea County, please go to the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture website.
|Farm Name||County||Date Founded||Special Recognition|
|Cedar Lake Beef Farm||Rhea||1845|
|Crosby Spring Farm||Rhea||1879|
|Double S Farm||Rhea||1868|
|Grassy Branch Farm||Rhea||1904|