Bannerman’s Castle

Bannerman’s Castle, an abandoned arsenal is located on Pollepel Island, which is a 6.5 acre island off the shore of the Hudson River Valley. The castle has a rich history going back to the end of the Spanish-American War where New York laws required that the weapons be stored outside of the city limits. Frank Bannerman, a Scottish businessman who owned a Brooklyn-based army surplus goods business purchased Pollepel Island and built his warehouse there. Twenty years later, however, a portion of Bannerman’s Castle was destroyed, after 200 tons of ammunition exploded within. Over time, several more fires occurred, rendering the castle unusable. Today, the castle is property of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is mostly in ruins.

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