It was a very cold war

In California, school children have "earthquake drills" where they are instructed to get under their desks and cover their heads. In the 50's and 60's in Virginia, school children had "bomb drills" where they were instructed to run into a shelter in the event of a nuclear (or at the time hydrogen bomb) attack.

Did you know that there is a Cold War museum in Virginia which highlights these and many other curiosities of the Cold War?

It was founded in 1996 at Vinton Hills Farm Station in Warrenton, Virginia with the goal of preserving Cold War history and honoring Cold War veterans. Vint Hill Farms is large former United States Army communications base.

The museum houses the largest collection of civil defense items in America, a Soviet SA-2 missile, four U.S. Nike missiles, and even the mailbox used by notorious CIA analyst turned Soviet mole, Aldrich Ames, to contact his Soviet handlers.

The museum has various educational programs it uses to help educate students at grade schools, high schools and colleges about the Cold War. Their "Spies of Washington" mobile exhibit is particularly popular. Fascinating stop for history and political intrigue aficionados.