26 January 2010

Bannerman Castle

Bannerman Castle is one of very few actual castles in the United States.  Located on Pollapel Island in the Hudson River north of New York, it was built a century ago and eventually used as a military suplus warehouse.  It is now abandoned and deteriorating.

Pix via Artificial Owl.


  1. "When I first came here, this was all swamp! Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp...but I built in all the same, just to show them! It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one! That sank into the swamp. So I built a third! That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp...but the fourth one stayed up! And that's what you're going to get, lad, the strongest castle in all of New York State!"

  2. Thanks for the post on this. It brought back happy times for me.I remember visiting the island about 25 years ago while boating on the Hudson. It sits about 200 yards off the eastern shoreline and about 5 mile north of west point. It was just a shell back then, no floors left inside.

  3. Thanks for posting this! I always wondered about that castle when riding the Amtrak down to NYC (train run right on the Hudson banks).


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