The Bunker at The Greenbrier


History of The Bunker Construction began in 1958 on the 112,544-square-foot bunker, which was built 720 feet into the hillside under The Greenbrier's West Virginia Wing. Once complete in 1961, the facility was maintained in a constant state of readiness by a small group of government employees working undercover as Forsythe Associates, a company hired by the resort for audio/visual support services. During its Eisenhower-Era use, The Bunker provided the following: Four entrances; three to The Greenbrier's grounds and one to the main building 25-ton blast door that opens with only 50 lbs. of pressure Decontamination chambers 18 dormitories, designed to accommodate over 1,100 people Power plant with purification equipment and three 25,000-gallon water storage tanks Three 14,000-gallon diesel fuel storage tanks Communications area, including television production area and audio recording booths Clinic with 12 hospital beds, medical and dental operating rooms Laboratory Pharmacy Intensive care unit Cafeteria Meeting rooms for the House and Senate, the Governor's Hall and Mountaineer room Over the 30 years that it was an active facility, communications and other equipment were updated, keeping The Bunker at full-operation status. The location of the facility, critical to its effectiveness, remained a secret for more than three decades. On May 31, 1992, The Washington Post published an article which exposed the facility. As a direct result, the U.S. government began de-commissioning The Bunker and ended the lease agreement with The Greenbrier in 1995. **Daily Bunker Tours are offered to both overnight and day guests of The Greenbrier.**