Kennedy Nuclear Bunker On Peanut Island Makes USA Today’s Must-See Historic Homes List
USA Today’s pick for Florida’s must-see historic home is right here in our backyard—but it’s not a place you’d necessarily associate with being homey.
The publication recently included the John F. Kennedy nuclear bunker on Peanut Island on its list of recommended homes to check out on a 50-state road trip. The bunker was built in 1961 as a safe haven for the president during the Cold War.
“It was filled with gas masks and food supplies for 30 people in the event of a nuclear attack from Cuba,” USA Today notes.
As many know, the Kennedys had a vacation home, known as the “Winter White House,” right here on Palm Beach. The bunker—equipped with 15 bunk beds, a desk and a conference table—was located just minutes away.
"They tested bringing him here," the Palm Beach Maritime Museum’s Anthony Miller told Reuters in 2013. "It was 10 minutes from his front door on Palm Beach to here."
Plans are in place to renovate the bunker following a report detailing the property's poor conditions. It remains open for tours.
(Image via Visit Florida)