Bannerman Castle has to be one of the most unexpected sites in the Hudson Valley — the ruined remains of a medieval-looking castle on a little island in the Hudson River. How did it get there? What was it used for? What’s happening to it now? Can you visit it? Hudson Valley historians Wesley and Barbara Gottlock will answer all those questions and more — with pictures, facts and legends — at the Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society’s upcoming program to be held Monday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Vineyard Commons theater/meeting room in Highland. The program is open to the public and admission and refreshments are free.
Both Gottlocks are active volunteers with The Bannerman Castle Trust Inc., a not-for-profit organization working to make the island safe for volunteers and for the public to enjoy as an educational, cultural, historical and recreational facility promoting heritage tourism in the Hudson Valley. Wesley is an island docent and coordinates all the public tours that visit the island. Barbara is also a docent, in addition to being a board member and the island’s coordinator of volunteers. They have presented nearly 100 lectures throughout the Hudson Valley in the last few years. In addition, they both participate in river clean-up projects and fundraisers benefiting various Hudson River causes.
For more information, call 255-7742.