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The ruins of Bannerman’s Castle lie on Pollepel Island, a small, private island on the Hudson River that according to legend, was deemed haunted by the local Natives Americans. The castle was built by Francis Bannerman in order to store his large store of munitions. Bannerman had bought up munitions surplus from the Civil War to sell and had originally stored them in New York City before needing to find a more safe and remote storage area. In 1901 he began construction on his Baronial-style castle and estate on the island. Construction would cease in 1918 when Bannerman died and two years later in 1920, a portion of the castle was destroyed after an accidental explosion. In 1967, New York State bought the island, but then in 1969, a fire devastated the arsenal, leaving it in ruins. While the island is currently off-limits to the public, seasonal tours and events are available through the Bannerman Castle Trust

Polly Pell legend


Murder case


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