This is the news story from the Mid Hudson News. As a person who has had the privilege to visit Bannerman's by kayak and tour the facility it is sad. As a resident of the Hudson Valley it is a true tragedy. The island is chronically underfunded and now we have lost a MAJOR Hudson Valley treasure.
BANNERMAN’S ISLAND – The entire southeast corner of Bannerman’s Castle came down taking with it about 30 percent to 40 percent of the front wall staircase and over 50 percent of the east wall, Bannerman’s Castle Trust officials said Monday.
Bannerman’s Island is in the Hudson River, a short distance from the east bank, and south of Beacon.
The collapse apparently occurred sometime over the weekend. Trust Executive Director Neil Caplan told MidhudsonNews.com that while the exact cause of the collapse is unknown, it could have been the result of the weakening condition of the structure and the weather.
Caplan said it has been “a hard road” to raise the funds to repair and stabilize the structure and keep it as a historic attraction.
“This is a call to action for people to donate. We will lose the structure if we don’t try to do anything about it at this time.”
As for tours of the island next spring, Caplan said it is undetermined if there will be any.
He estimated it could cost $20 million to preserve the ruins at the castle, which was built in the late 1800s to store munitions.