Greenbrier Hotel and Secret Bunker

Almost a year ago, I spent a wonderful week in West Virginia and one of the things I have always wanted to see was “Project Greek Island”, the infamous secret bunker under the west wing of the hotel. This bunker was built during the Cold War to house the legislative branch of the Government in case of a national emergency.  The bunker was decommissioned in 1992 after it was outed in a newspaper article.  Unfortunately, pictures were not allowed so I have obtained a few from the internet of the inside.

Greenbrier Bunker - Cafeteria (Photo by others)
Greenbrier Bunker – Cafeteria (Photo by others)
Greenbrier Bunker - Auditorium for Congress (Photo by others)
Greenbrier Bunker – Auditorium for Congress (Photo by others)
Beds line the dormitory for members of Congress. (Photo by others)
Beds line the dormitory for members of Congress.

The tour was fascinating and the part I found interesting was the bunker was both built and hidden in plain sight.

Blast door hidden behind false door. (Photo by others)
Blast door hidden behind false wall. (Photo by others)

Below is the only picture I was allowed to take with the false wall opened revealing the blast door.  The room beyond was part of the bunker and was used by the hotel as meeting space during the time the bunker was active.  No one ever knew they were in a Cold War bunker.

Entrance to the Bunker
Entrance to the Bunker

 

The Greenbrier is a luxury resort located in the Allegheny Mountains just outside the town of White Sulphur Springs in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. From the web:

Since 1778, visitors have traveled to this part of the state to “take the waters” of the area. Today, The Greenbrier is situated on 11,000 acres of land with 710 guest rooms, 20 restaurants and lounges, More than 55 indoor and outdoor activities and 36 retail shoppes. 1800 “ladies and gentlemen” offer authentic southern hospitality to guests.

When we first arrived for our tour (which you should reserve in advance) there was a Republican Govenors conference being held so we ended up parking across the street from the hotel. Well we were told a bus would come and get us.  After waiting a few minutes the gentleman at the parking lot said, “or we can just let Lee Trevino drive you…”

Yes Lee Trevino drove us in hid golf cart to the hotel.  What a wonderful, pleasant and charismatic person.  He truly enjoyed meeting us as we enjoyed spending the 5 minutes on our ride.

Our Taxi Driver - Lee Trevino
Our Taxi Driver – Lee Trevino
My Wife and Aunt with Lee Trevino
My Wife and Aunt with Lee Trevino

After the bunker tour, we wandered the hotel and it was a truly wonderful place

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