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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.
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
Road Open To Hunters On Scouting And Hunting Days
Contact the Building Operator (576-1876) or the Facility Manager (576-8551) for Access During Normal Operating Hours.
Contact the Plant Shift Superintendent (574-3282) for Access During Off Shift Hours and Emergencies.
The route is along a one lane gravel road, up a slight incline. Just over the rise, past a row of trees, the church and cemetery sit up on the hill to the left. Despite being somewhat difficult to reach, due to road access being controlled by DOE, it appears that the cemetery is still regularly visited and fairly well maintained. There are a wide variety of headstones, and dates of death range from mid-1800's to current date. Dates of birth extend to the 1700's.
Continuing from the church driveway, the road descends slightly on the way to the Wheat Community Monument, which is about a half mile away. Around the corner, past the kudzu and high voltage transmission lines, the monument comes into view at the end of the road. The monument stands in a grassy clearing next to woods on one side and power lines on the other side. There is a nice rock wall along the front of the clearing. The wall is about three feet high, and the monument stands about seven feet tall. From behind the monument - The site overlooks a highway interchange at the intersection of Highway 58 and Highway 95. A chain link fence stands between the monument site and the road.