You can learn more about Wheat, a community that was here before the Manhattan Project, during a walk with a National Park Service ranger on Saturday, July 27.
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park will present the ranger-led walk starting at 10 a.m. July 27. The program is free, and it will start at Blair Road and the North Boundary Greenway.
“The walk will be about one-and-one-half miles, so wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water to drink,” a press release said. “Stops will include ‘downtown’ Wheat, George Jones Memorial Baptist Church, Roane College site, and the Crawford Cumberland Presbyterian Memorial. There will be stories about the development and significance of each site.”
Wheat is located on Blair Road 0.3 miles off of the Oak Ridge Turnpike, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. If you need directions, maps are available at the National Park Service desk in the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge or you can call (865) 482-1942.
For more information or directions, call the Manhattan Project National Historical Park at (865) 482-1942.
The Manhattan Project was a top-secret federal program to build the world’s first atomic weapons during World War II. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park includes Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Hanford, Washington; and Los Alamos, Tennessee. The park tells the story of the people, events, science, and engineering that led to the building of the bomb, which was used on Japan twice in August 1945, shortly before Japan surrendered.
You can visit the Manhattan Project National Historical Park website for more information at https://www.nps.gov/mapr/oakridge.htm. Follow the park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Manhattan ProjectNPS, on Twitter at MnhtnProjectNPS, or on Instagram at manhattanprojectnps.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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