Thom Johnson, Bannerman Castle Restoration (Jan. 28, 2011)
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Thom Johnson, author and historian, discusses the fascinating history of Bannerman’s Castle, a dramatic ruin located on an island in the Hudson River in the Hudson Highlands State Park. Travelers on Hudson Line trains are familiar with the view of the remaining portions of the imitation Scottish castle, built in 1901. The nonprofit Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. is restoring the castle as well as its exquisite original gardens. The Trust is dedicated to preserving Bannerman Castle as an educational, cultural, historical, and recreational facility that promotes heritage tourism in the Hudson Valley. Several ports along the river provide enjoyable, informative cruise tours to the castle by kayak or passenger boat. Mr. Johnson relates many interesting little known facts about the history of it island and castle as well as bonus information about the Catskill Mountain Railroad.