The Obscura Society of NYC will visit the abandoned ruins of Bannerman Island on July 22:
Built between 1901 and 1918, the property was modeled after Scottish baronial castles and sits on a tiny, rugged island in Hudson Valley. Frank Bannerman became a surplus munitions dealer as a teenager and a few decades later his collection was so vast that he needed to buy the island for storage space. Some of his most notable purchases include 90% of the army surplus from the Spanish-American War, cannons from the Battle of Yorktown and equipment from Admiral Perry’s expedition to the Arctic Circle.
Sarah took me on a weekend getaway last July to tour the island but we went by kayak. I highly recommend taking the tour to peek at the ruins and to see some great views of the Hudson River Valley.