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Just My Photos ~ Bannerman's Island Castle

 Castles on the Hudson River

 Wordless Wednesday

A Gem on the Hudson River, full of history and storytelling sits this Scottish Castle in major disrepair. Pollepel Island, the original name, was home to the Bannerman’s Island Arsenal in the early 1900’s. Yes a weapons storage facility...The Island was for quite some time not open to the public. The Bannerman’s Island Trust  is now working hard to preserve and renovate. My visit this weekend was to enjoy an outdoor concert and take photos at the perfect time of day for great lighting!

 

Bannerman's Island Pompell Island

Intriguing and picturesque,  The Bannerman's Island Castle was amazing.

 

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14 commentsJanis Borgueta • July 11 2012 06:14AM

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Looks like it might have been a pretty interesting place back in its heyday.

Posted by Jeanne & Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Brokers, Selling Durango CO homes to good people like you! (The Durango Home Team at Keller Williams Southwest Associates) about 2 years ago

Good morning Janis. I would love the opportunity to tour an old castle like that. If walls could talk...

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) about 2 years ago

Good morning, Janis -  What a wonderful photo!  If only these walls could talk - imagine the stories to be heard!

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) about 2 years ago

Janis...how cool is that. I lived in that area for many years and never knew about it.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 www.SpaceCoastHomesNow.com, Your Space Coast Real Estate Expert! (Fontaine Property Group) about 2 years ago

That is cool!  I'm going to pin to Pinterest.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring (Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT) about 2 years ago

Jeanne and Ralph... this is the building they used for the Arsenal.. too far gone to restore, but preserve they will. There is another building on the island that they lived in.. and they are restoring that one ...

Randy.. this building is  just a shell.. it really is falling down. They are close to the fund raising now to start the restoration of this structure. I hope soon before more of it crumbles

Barbara... the island has no water, no sewer and no electricity. It is tiny. when the owners built the arsenal and lived there  they had quite a bit of explosives in that building... and yes.. a few major explosions.. 

Jeffrey.. If ever in the area.. you should take the trip over to see it. The recent tours and fund raising has changed the ability to see some of the great parts of the castle and the island.

 

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 ) about 2 years ago

thanks Debbie... I will too, but i did not get that far yet! I will probably blog more about their effort and more photos soon. I want them to get traffic so that they can restore and renovate the project.. The Granddaughter is still alive and working on it.. along with others.

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 ) about 2 years ago

Awesome.... Glad you shared and hope you have a wonderful Wordless Wednesday!

Posted by John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com) about 2 years ago

The Bannerman's Island Castle is so cool, I'd love to see it Janis. Love the photo!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 2 years ago

Thanks John.. Enjoy your day!

Roger~ Thanks... it is a really interesting place to visit..... just 50 miles up the Hudson River.. a short trip by boat from NYC...

 

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 ) about 2 years ago

Janis, I am so glad they are trying to preserve the ruins. Having lived in Europe I always enjoyed the fact that you could see 1000+ year old ruins and I could visualize how people must have lived in the old ruins.

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 2 years ago

Hi Janis, I have not yet gone to Bannerman's Island but my husband and I have talked about it-it looks well worth it and you have now inspired me to get there!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) about 2 years ago

Joanne.. we totally enjoyed it although Sunday was rather hot.. The do the tours through October I believe.. Well worth the trip!

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 ) about 2 years ago

Endre.. This building is actually more beautiful from the outside than their actual residence.. not sure how that happened. They lived there with no running water.. or electricity ever. Very interesting story goes with people and the island.

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 ) about 2 years ago

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