Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island, known as Bannerman Island was built by Frank Bannerman IV from 1901-to 1918 to house his collection of antique military equipment from the Spanish American War. Bannerman was the father of the Army Navy Store and the ruins of his castle can be seen by millions of traverlers as they pass by on the Merto North and Amtrak Trains. The castle burned in 1969 leaving the ruins you see today. The island and it's mysterious castle have been the source of mystery until the Bannerman Castle Trust was formed in 1993 and started a campagne to Save the Castle and to preserve it's structures and open it safely to the general public. Bannerman Island is part of the Hudson Highlands state Park and together with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the generous support of our friends and volunteers, opened the island in 2004 to visitors from around the world.
We hope that that you will choose to donate to the Bannerman Castle Trust to help save and expand the structures and garden trails of Bannerman Castle. By supporting the Bannerman Castle Trust, you can help to preserve a Hudson River Landmark for generations to come.
Thanks to your support, The Bannerman Castle Trust, along with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, opened the Bannerman Residence to the public as a visitor education center in July 2017. This is the first time that visitors were allowed to safely enter and tour one of the historic structures on Bannerman Island. We also opened the new West Point Cadet Walking Bridge with the help of a class of U.S. Army Engineer Cadets that has expanded our tours to include the island summit and incredible new views of the Hudson River. The garden volunteers continue to lovingly recreate the incredible gardens that line the historic trails.
2017 has been a banner year, thanks to you and your generosity. Without your support, we could not have completed so many important projects in 2017:
- Renovated the interior and opened the former residence to the public
- Continued repair and rehabilitation of the residence exterior (including a new roof above the sleeping porch)
- Purchased materials for construction of the new walking bridge by West Point cadets
- Expanded our on-island tours
- Presented sold-out special events, concerts, and plays
With that said, the main castle structures and the picturesque towers in the waters of the Hudson river are still in dire need of stabilization. The Tower was stabilized in 2014 with steel support beams, but still needs additional repairs and reconstruction.
In 2018, we plan to restore the concrete terrace and towers at the former Bannerman residence and the gardener's shed roof, along with much needed work to continue the stabilization of the main castle, which includes re-pointing and the installation of steel support beams inside of the No. 3 Warehouse. The re-opened residence is 'concrete' proof of what we can achieve with your assistance and we are eager to work hard to expand that success and preserve more of the castle for you to enjoy when you visit us!
Funding required to achieve our goals:
- $40,000 for the terrace restoration at the residence
- $10,000 for restored garden shed roof and benches on terrace
- $300,000 for the installation of the steel beams inside the No. 3 warehouse
Your support is vital to continue the stabilization of the structures on Bannerman Island. All of our work to date is supported by stabilization designs and recommendations by our architect and engineering team, Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, with review and approval by New York State Parks.
Your support is crucial to the future of Bannerman Island in the Hudson Highlands State Park
2017 has been a "Banner Year" for Bannerman Island and the work has transformed the residence and the area around it, opening up new opportunities for guests visiting the island, including the new interpretive exhibits inside the residence and the concert, theater and film events that we hosted in September 2017 on the lawn adjacent to the residence. If we can meet our funding goals, we’ll be able continue the much-needed work to preserve this unique Hudson River icon.
Friends, we need your help to continue our emergency stabilization and preservation efforts. We hope that you will consider making a special #GivingTuesday donation of whatever you can afford to help us meet our goals and "Keep the Legend Alive".
We simply can’t do it without you. Your support will help The Bannerman Castle Trust make a real, lasting impact on the preservation of a Hudson Valley Iandmark and continue to enhance the experience of every visitor to this truly unique New York State Parks site - a rare jewel in the Hudson Valley’s crown.
Thank you for your consideration and continued support and friendship.