Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The Wheat Community

Marker ID: THC 1F 38
Location: On Oak Ridge Turnpike north of Blair Rd., Oak Rdg, TN
County: Roane
Coordinates: N 35° 56.131    W 084° 22.316
  35.93551666    -84.37193333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM28NX


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.