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The Wheat Community and
George Jones Memorial Baptist Church and Cemetery

Related Link: The Wheat Community African Burial Ground

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Wheat and George Jones Memorial Baptist Church "The Wheat Community was settled during the middle of the 19th Century and took its name from the first postmaster, Frank Wheat. The area had originally been known as Bald Hill. Roane College, a liberal arts college, operated here from 1886-1908. Wheat was one of four area communities acquired by the federal government, in 1942, for the Manhattan Project."

George Jones Memorial Baptist Church and Cemetery is about a half mile down a gated gravel road from Route 327, just off the "Oak Ridge Turnpike" to the west of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Wheat Community Monument is about another half mile farther down the same gravel road.

In this Aerial Photo the church and cemetery are at the lower left, and the monument is near the top, center, just to the left of the highway interchange. A topographical map is also available at the same link. This Yahoo map shows the general location.

The 50th Anniversary Edition of ORNL Review had extensive articles about the history of the nearby national lab. Excerpts here from Chapter 1 include discussion of Wheat and the other communities.

Wheat and George Jones Memorial Baptist Church

LIMITED USE ROAD
Official Use and Cemetery Church
Visitation Access Only
All Vehicle Occupants Must Use Seat Belts
Access For Other Purposes Prohibited
Maximum Safe Speed Limit 15 MPH
Off Road Driving Prohibited
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Wheat and George Jones Memorial Baptist Church

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AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY
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