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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  • We had a wonderful day touring the island! Can’t wait to go back next summer for an event! Wes was a great guide, full of history and enthusiasm!  more »
  • I cant say enough about this tour, First a boat ride in the Hudson, on a great warm day. Then an excellent tour with amazing history by our tour guide, Wes. The island is only 6 arces approx., but has...  more »
  • Visiting the castle and island is a great experience. It is only accessible through a guided tour. The tour is worthwhile. It is about 1.5-2 hours and provides a ton of history and stories about the i...  more »
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