A hidden city sounds like the setting for a movie. Yet, a secret city did exist in the mountains of Tennessee. In 1942 residents of the Oak Ridge area were forced to leave their property. Unknown to the area’s residents and most of the world, the area had been chosen for the site of the Manhattan Project, which was responsible for developing the atomic bomb. The secret compound did not appear on any maps. Employees of the three plants were not allowed to talk about their jobs. In fact, many people only learned what they had been working on after the news of the bombing was announced on August 6, 1945.
Our family enjoyed touring the Manhattan National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Comprised of three sites and the Museum of Science and Industry, the National Park provides a wealth of information about the area and the Manhattan Project. We were disappointed that we were unable to take the bus tour as appointments are needed and we did not make any advance reservations. However, we enjoyed the museum and spent quite a few hours taking part in a show about static electricity, watching a film about the Manhattan project, and learning a lot of new information about the Manhattan project and nuclear energy. Located a few miles off I-75, the National Park is definitely a wonderful day trip.