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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  • Fun fact. Bannerman purchased the island in November 1900,[2][3][9] for use as a storage facility for his growing surplus business.[11] Because his storeroom in New York City was not large enough to provide a safe location to store thirty million surplus munitions cartridges,[9] in the spring of 1901 he began to build an arsenal on Pollepel.
  • Only certain times of year they give tours of this place and its only accessible via kayak or private boat. You can go as a party of one or a group the company has boats to accomodate for this. Overall great place for photographers and beautiful historical oasis
  • What a great place to visit, you take a boat to the island and a guide tells you the history, Its only open certain times of the year so check the website before traveling there. The Braces are holding the building up so wandering around is prohibited and dangerous
  • Wonderful day trip! The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. Fascinating local and international history.
  • If you just want to take a look at the island, there is a observation deck close to the walkway bridge over the train track. Otherwise you needs to book the boat at beacon, or kayaking to the island.

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