One of the Hudson Valley’s most iconic attractions is back, just in time for summer.
“People are having fun here,” said Neil Caplan, founder of Bannerman Trust. “It’s just wonderful to come out and hear the incredible story of Frank Bannerman VI and this incredible castle he built here.”
Bannerman, a booming businessman supplying military surpluses, bought the island and built the castle to house his belongings.
It served as storage until Bannerman’s death in 1918. Bannerman Castle offers tours at full capacity again, having been forced to stay closed for months, then reopening at half capacity last July.
“We were able to get through the season and have a season and have some income so that we could continue to operate and do what we needed to do,” said Caplan.
Visitors can tour the century-old island estate, enjoy the castle ruins and gardens, and admire panoramic views of the Hudson River. Caplan says there will also be new events this year that had to be postponed during his 2020 season; including three movie nights in the summer, two farm-to-table dinners and a radio play.
“A little show called Sunset Boulevard, based on the movie with Gloria Swanson and William Holden and it’s a radio show. It will be here July 31 and August 1, ”said Caplan.
Caplan is thrilled to be able to bring more people back to the island to learn more about its history and experience, its beauty, and for guests to experience what he calls, “The Bannerman Bug”.
“Once you get bitten you keep coming back; you want to get involved, ”Caplan said. “It’s just a great place.
For more information on how to book a tour, visit Bannerman Castle website.