Oak Ridge Reservation
The X-10 Graphite Reactor is located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. In 1966 it was the first site on a DOE reservation to be designated as a National Historic Preservation Landmark under the National Historic Preservation Act for its
contribution to science and technology.
This Manhattan Project reactor was the world's first full-scale nuclear reactor to produce significant heat energy and plutonium. In 1946 the graphite reactor was the first reactor to produce radioactive isotopes for use in medical applications. For more information on the Graphite Reactor, please use this link.
The New Bethel Baptist Church at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee was used during the Manhattan Project for temporary meeting rooms and offices. In 1949 former church members were allowed to meet and officially close the building as a house of worship.
The church is representative of the pre-World War II era at Oak Ridge. New Bethel Baptist Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.