Inside Bannerman Castle

August 6, 2010 3:27:13 PM PDT
As the ferry carries you over to Pollepel Island, you can't help but be intrigued by the imposing structure that seems to rise from the Hudson.

There's a massive warehouse open to the public now on Bannerman's Island where at one point rifles, canons and other military supplies were stacked from the floor to ceiling.

Now it's open to the public.

Francis Bannerman the 6th, considered the father of the army navy store, started building the castle in 1901.

If you had gone in 1909, you would have found about 40 workers and a superintendent, filling orders that would be shipped locally and around the world.

"It was likely extremely busy, there were lighters and barges coming in, whether they were loading materials onto barges or taking it onto the island for storage," said Thom Johnson Bannerman, Castle Trust Historian.

There is now an effort underway to stabilize the home and castle but it will be millions, money that's simply not there.

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