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Most Unusual: Wilmington Home With Bomb Shelter Built During Cuban Missile Crisis

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This redwood home on a woodsy acre has an outbuilding whose historic context beats that of most other Wilmington real estate, to be sure. In October of 1962, the country was brought to what seemed to be the brink of nuclear war. By this time, children had been crouching beneath their desks–”Duck and Cover!”–for civil defense test raids for a decade. But the Cuban Missile Crisis provoked the kind of fear that would lead a homeowner to speedily erect a stone bunker on his property.

What is the shelter good for now? Perhaps 21st-century end-of-days folks who want a place to preserve their potable water will find it appealing. Do such people live in Wilmington, Del.? If not, the listing suggests a wine cellar, which is much more fun.

As for the other aspects of the house, given the number of pine and oak walls, the decor may be responsible for the Delaware Wooden Wall Crisis of 1952.

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Which Is the Real Winterthur and Which Is the $6M House for Sale?

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Winterthur, the famed du Pont estate in Delaware, has stiff competition from a gorgeous $6 million home just a mile away. Click below to see two images, one of Winterthur and one of the private home, and guess which one is the real thing. Then marvel at the amazing photos.

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