Bannerman Castle is a small treasure set in the Hudson Highlands. It's situated in the Hudson River on the six and a half acre Pollepel Island, now also known Bannerman Island, in New York. The island was once uninhabited and only accessible by boat. Some Native American tribes believed that Pollepel Island was haunted, making the site a safe haven for people seeking an escape from them. The main sight on the island is Bannerman Castle, a remnant of a Scotsman's fortress that was once an arsenal for a collection of military surplus.
The island's name, Pollepel, comes from a story about a young woman named (Polly) Pell. The legend is that she was romantically saved from river ice that had broken and landed on the shore of the island. She was married on the shore to her rescuer, who had saved her and her companion. Hence, the island was named Pollepel.
The island also is connected to the American Revolution, during which it attempted to defend the Hudson Highlands in 1777 from the threat of the British fleet using the well-known “chevaux de frise”. Objects made of wooden cases, fill with pointed logs with metal-tips, were sunk into the river. These devices were created to prevent ships from passing the island while trying to sail up river by impairing their hulls. This method of defense was unsuccessful, however, due to the British using flat bottom boats and avoiding the chevaux de frise. Photo: karenfoleyphoto/Fotolia
»Owners of Bannerman Island
»Bannerman Island Gallery
»Visit Bannerman Island via Metro-North Railroad
»Bannerman Castle Trust
Things to Do in New York: Bannerman Castle
- Owners of Bannerman Island, Photo: Bannerman Castle
- Bannerman's, Photo: Bannerman Castle
- Bannerman Island Gallery, Photo: Bannerman Castle
- Tours, Photo: Courtesy of karenfoleyphoto - Fotolia.com
- Visit Bannerman Island via Metro-North Railroad, Photo: Bannerman Castle
- Bannerman Castle Trust, Photo: Bannerman Castle
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of karenfoleyphoto - Fotolia.com