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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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  • Bannerman's Island is a window into the playful imaginings in the past. It is good to see that efforts are being taken to preserve what is there. The trails are a bit rough so wear sturdy shoe and be ...  more »
  • Everything about the storied history of Bannerman Island and Castle is interesting. Well worth the trip and tour.  more »
  • I knew the ruins photos and wanted to look at least from a distance from them. It is not signposted and you have to search long to find a job, from which the ruins can be seen. Conclusion, not really worth. Unless you have the time for a kayaking tour.
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  • It's such a great historical place to visit in the Hudson Valley.