Atop one large foothill here deep in the Carolina woods lies a most unlikely site: a castle, replete with a drawbridge, portcullis — and an underground bunker.
The castle is the handiwork of a family aiming to protect itself from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), which they think could take out electricity grids. So they’re going medieval, training to use crossbows and building a catapult to defend themselves against marauders that might come in a doomsday scenario.
The family is the subject of a new show on the National Geographic Channel called “Doomsday Castle,” which premiers at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Family members aren’t disclosing their last name or location for fear of curious and/or hostile fans showing up on their castle step.
The father, Brent Sr., is the ringleader and a retired Army officer, and hatched a plan for the castle before Y2K, when people worried a computer glitch would unleash mass havoc beginning Jan. 1, 2000. While on a press trip to visit the family and their castle, LiveScience got a chance to sit down with Brent Sr. and with some of his 10 children, including Brent II, age 41, as well as younger son Michael and daughter Dawn-Marie. (Brent II is often at odds with the rest of his family and prefers to use the suffix “II” instead of “Jr.”)