A tiny jewel in the setting of the Hudson Highlands is called Pollepel, now familiarly known as Bannerman Island. Once an uninhabited place, accessible only by boat, it was considered haunted by some Indian tribes and thus became a refuge for those trying to escape them. These superstitions and others promoted by later Dutch sailors make for many fanciful tales.
Bannerman Castle was built by Frank Bannerman VI, not as a home, but as a place to store items such as weapons and ammunition that he purchased at government auctions. Frank Bannerman personally designed the island’s buildings, docks, turrets, garden walls and moat in the style of old Scottish castles.
is the co-author of “Images of America Series, Bannerman Castle” and serves as guide for island tours.
Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30pm
Shattemuc Yacht Club in Ossining (Map & Directions)
Admission is FREE
Come with a dish to share at 6:30pm and enjoy a potluck supper.