The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. is extremely grateful to The Easter Foundation and Fred and Anne Osborn.  The Easter Foundation and the Osborns provided a generous gift of $10,000 for the Bannerman Residence emergency stabilization project.  This gift, along with other donations and matching funds from a New York State Environmental Protection Fund challenge grant, will be used to reinstall a roof and interior floors in the former Bannerman Residence to stabilize the structure.  The former Bannerman Residence is the smaller of the two castle-like structures on the island and was used as a summer home by the Bannerman family during operation of their business on Pollepel Island.
 
 
BEACON, N.Y. (AP) – Senator Charles Schumer says he will work aggressively to help save a crumbling castle on the Hudson River.

Schumer met Tuesday with members of the Bannerman Castle Trust, the group that oversees the scenic ruin just off the Hudson shore near Fishkill. Sections of walls have collapsed this winter, giving urgency to efforts to stabilize the site.

Schumer says he will personally ask federal Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to back the trust’s application for funding under the Save America’s Treasures program. He also will try to find other emergency funding.

Manhattan merchant Francis Bannerman built the structure in the early 1900s and used it to store military relics. He made it look like a Scottish castle.

 
 
Press inquiries regarding the recent wall collapse at Bannerman Castle should be directed to Eileen Larrabee of New York State Office of Parks at (518) 486-1868.