After the state didn’t want it, the GSA is selling a 120 acre former U.S. Navy base and National Security Agency facility for a cut-rate price.
Tucked inside the U.S. National Radio Quiet Zone (yes, this is an official thing) Sugar Grove Station is located in West Virginia sandwiched between a bunch of federal land that makes up the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
It’s remote (like no cell phone service, ever) and for 60 years was home to a small Navy base that during the Cold War housed an NSA surveillance activity. Operated by the Naval Information Operations Command (NAVIOCOM), the site used two huge Wullenweber 430-foot wide “Elephant Cage” antenna arrays as well as a whole field of dish arrays to suck radio waves out of the air– likely from the Soviets and whoever else.
Decommissioned in 2015, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin turned down the gently used radio station and now it’s up for auction to the highest bidder with a starting price of $1 million dollars (cue the Dr. Evil clip).
There is an open house set up for Thursday if you have the green to make a play.