Bannerman Castle, Cold Spring

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Pollepel Island is a 6.5acre island in the Hudson River in New York. The principal feature on the island is Bannermans' Castle, an abandoned military surplus warehouse.DescriptionPollepel Island has been called many different names, including Pollopel Island, Pollopel's Island, Bannerman's Island, and Bannermans' Island. The name wikt:pollepel is a Dutch word meaning "(wooden) ladle," but the Bannerman Castle Trust organization ascribes the name to a folk tale about a young girl named Polly Pell having been stranded on the island.The island is about 50mi north of New York City and about 1,000ft from the Hudson River's eastern bank. It contains about 6.5acre, most of it rock.Early historyPollepel Island was discovered during the first navigation of the Hudson River by early Dutch settlers in New York, at the "Northern Gate" of the Hudson Highlands. During the Revolutionary War, patriots attempted to prevent the British from passing upriver by emplacing 106 chevaux de frise (upright logs tipped with iron points) between the island and Plum Point across the river (see Hudson River Chains). Caissons from several chevaux de frise still rest at the river bottom. Still, these obstructions did not stop a British flotilla from burning Kingston in 1777. General George Washington later signed a plan to use the island as a military prison; however, there is no evidence that a prison was ever built there.
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  • I booked a tour for November online, totaling $111, and was told that they are actually closed and that I will get NO REFUND AT ALL despite this being THEIR ERROR. If your website is wrong then you ne...  more »
  • I really enjoyed my time up in Beacon, NY as there is a lot to do. I was able to spend some time in town as I waited for my tour to begin. The Bannerman Castle tour is excellent if you are into histor...  more »
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  • Bannerman's Castle is a fascinating place. It's fun to go on the tour and learn the history. For the past two years we've been attending plays there that are fundraisers for it's preservation.
  • The tour for Bannerman Castle is awesome from the boat ride to the actual castle! I had no idea that it's historic tale connects to Brooklyn. The building is very unique, and it carries a sense of beauty despite it nearly falling apart due to time and weather. Definitely come to visit before time and nature takes over this beautiful landmark.
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