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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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  • Everything about the excursion was excellent...the ferry ride on the beautiful Hudson and the guided tour of the outside of the castle AND the outside and inside of the separate summer home of the Ban...  more »
  • My wife and I did a tour of the Island, It was so cool to take a boat ride out and see what's left of this iconic gem. Its definitely worth visiting. I wish it was preserved before it go to the state ...  more »
  • We often catch glimpses of Pollepel/Bannerman's Castle driving by on Route 9D; finally decided to do the boat trip + tour when some friends were visiting. Not cheap, but it's something different to do...  more »
  • Great to actually get on to this island that I had only seen from shore.
  • 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
  • It's such a great historical place to visit in the Hudson Valley.
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  • Mysterious island!
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