Located in Hudson River is Pollepel Island, home to the Bannerman’s Castle (also known as Bannerman Island Arsenal). Francis Bannerman, a Scotland native, designed the castle himself as a storage facility for his military surplus business. Construction began in 1901, and ended in 1908. The castle was abandoned in the early 1960′s.
The island has been surrounded by legends and ghost stories since the 1600′s. Native Americans of the area thought the island was home to evil spirits, and acclaimed author Washington Irving had a story about how the island was home to a tribe of goblins.