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“Cold War Reminder”

Greenbrier Government Relocation Facility
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Owner description: A Cold War Bunker that was built between 1958 and 1961 underground on the grounds of the Greenbrier; the facility is open for tours.
Reviewed September 20, 2013

It is a definitely attraction to see. This declassified bunker tells the story of a fear from a nuclear attack during the Cold War era. Admission is $30.00 and tour lasts 1 and 1/2 hour. You will be amazed by certain facts - money spent, size of it... etc. Don't miss it!

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Reviewed September 14, 2013

The tour is very interesting and a reminder that the world was and is a dangerous place. The bunker itself is very interesting starting with the huge blast doors that were hidden in plain sight. What would have been the House chamber is shown and it is interesting to imagine how these people would have tried to keep things going. You see much of the facility but much has been put to other uses. There are good examples of the the furnishings and equipment that were there but most was removed when the facility was deactivated. It is a good example of a recent period of history.

Thank USAFret
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

The fact that there was a cold war bunker kept more-or-less secret for over 30 years is very interesting, but you can read about it and learn more than hearing about it from a tour guide. One way the bunker was kept quiet is that the blast doors were hidden and it was actually used as convention space. So part of the tour is just seeing a convention center, as well as a 1/4 mile hallway where supplies were brought in, 55 year old boilers and generators, and so on. You did see one of the bunk rooms and social rooms, and an auditorium where congress could hold its sessions, but really there wasn't all that much interesting to see for $30. The fact that it was never used limits how much real history was there, unlike Churchill's cabinet war room bunker or Hitler's bunker under Eagle's Nest.

The reason given for no photography is that part of the bunker is used for backup data storage by some big companies, and they don't want any electronic interference. Not sure how much sense that makes but that's what our guide said.

Thank BobFromVA
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

My Wife and I took the bunker tour as a point of interest on our vacation. The tour guide, Sara, was very knowledgeable about the history and construction of the bunker. The cost was $30 per person which came to $63.60 with tax. They said this is how they now pay for the upkeep of the place as they are no longer getting any funding from the US Government. The tour consisted of walking for about an hour and a half through the different rooms in the bunker with the tour guide explaining in detail what they would have been used for and such. If you are looking for an exciting tour, this is not it. I would suggest that unless young children are old enough to appreciate the history of the cold war, you not bring them as they may loose interest quickly. Phones, cameras and other elecronict devices are not allowed during the tour and you must either leave them in your car, room or on a plastic bag to be returned to you after the tour. Guess they are still trying to keep some stuff secret. Most of the tour was looking at empty rooms that looked like empty convention halls, the cafeteria, the big blast doors and the infrastructure of the building. It was very interesting to us as we lived through this period in history. The cost I feel was a bit much for what was offered, but seeing it in person was pretty cool. At the end of the tour, we were each given a packet of postcards and a discount coupon if wanted for a book which went into more detail about the facility. If you are into seeing what your government spent a lot of money on and then just walked away from, take the tour. It is one of those places that is a one of a kind.

1  Thank LJ K
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Its worth the time and money- go for it!! Its hard to imagine what to expect as it is built into the side of a mountain.

Thank twlb4
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