Oak Ridge History

In 1926, Thomas Early Whitaker described the setting of his beloved Oak Ridge Institute (now Oak Ridge Military Academy) as “in the hill country of northwest Guilford, 1,040 feet above sea level; noted for its healthfulness; accessible to the cities of Piedmont North Carolina; ... a rural community of law-abiding, progressive citizens.”

More than 100 years ago, J.A. Holt, then principal at the Institute, said Oak Ridge was "finely wooded and well watered with the finest of freestone water, and commanding an extensive view of mountain ranges and foothills. The Blue Ridge, the Pilot, Sauratown, Moore's Knob, the Pinnacles of Dan, all loom up ... within a range of fifty miles. The fine oak groves and natural shaded lawns make it an ideal place for a residence.”

With affectionate pride, he concluded: “It has been called ‘God's Country.’”

Although our Explore! Historic Oak Ridge event was held in 2017, much information about Historic Oak Ridge was included in the brochure published for that event. To read the brochure, click here.