NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State Museum is taking its fall bus excursion, leaving 7 a.m. from the State Employee Parking lot and returning 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4, on a one-day guided trip to Tennessee’s “Secret City,” Oak Ridge.
Local historian Ray Smith will join the bus in Oak Ridge and accompany the group on its stops at the American Museum of Science and Energy, the Y-12 History Center, as well as drive by other locations. Don’t miss this chance to see the museum before it closes at the end of the year and moves to a new, smaller location.
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians, Clinton was a small town, until the U.S. government started buying up 50,000 acres of land to create the town of Oak Ridge nearby and a secret research base.
The government had chosen the area to be one of three research centers for the Manhattan Project’s work on the first atomic bomb. Hundreds of locals were hired to work on the base, not knowing what was being built and only knowing what their job was.
Tickets for the trip are $90 per person with an early bird special of $75 for tickets purchased by Oct. 19. This includes the cost of the bus, ticket costs, snacks, tips, and lunch at The Soup Kitchen, located off the square in Oak Ridge.
For tickets and more information, click here.
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