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Experience Tennessee! Fall Bus Excursion Set for “Secret City”

Join us on our not-so-secret fall bus trip to the once “Secret City” of Oak Ridge, Tennessee! The State Museum is taking its fall bus excursion on Saturday, November 4, on a one-day guided trip to the city.

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. Even Gov. Prentice Cooper didn’t initially know what was going on as he complained about 1,000 Tennessee families losing their homes.

It didn’t matter about Cooper’s complaints. 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, and they didn’t even know what was being built. They just knew what their job was.
 
The trip will leave the State Employee Parking lot in downtown Nashville at 7 a.m. and return around 5:30 p.m. Participants may leave their vehicles in the lot. Cost of the trip is $90 per person with an early bird special of $75 for tickets purchased by October 19. This includes the cost of the bus, ticket costs, snacks, tips, and lunch at a local favorite, The Soup Kitchen, located off the square in Oak Ridge. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the button below.
 
Image: The Oak Ridge History Room. Image courtesy of the American Museum of Science & Industry.
 
 
Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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