Beautiful Famous Castles in New York
New York is known as the Emprie State and fittingly at least one hundred castles have been built in New York dating back to the 1800's. These are fourteen of the most beautiful and famous of those castles. Many of the castles in New York have not survived but all 14 of these have and almost all of them are open to the public and welcome visitors and guests. Some of the richest people in New York and the world built these castles but most of them never really lived in them for very long.
Singer Castle on Dark Island
Singer Castle which used to be known as Dark Island Castle sits on Dark Island in the Thousand Islands area in the St. Lawrence River in Upstate New York not far from Boldt Castle. Built in 1905 by Frederick Gilbert Bourne the President of the Singer Sewing Machine Company known as Singer Corporation today the Singer Castle was modeled after castles from Sir Walter Scott novels. Bourne told his family he was building a hunting lodge on Dark Island and they were surprised, astonished and delighted when Bourne took them to the island and they saw the hunting lodge was really a castle built for them to summer in each year.
The castle remained in private hands and was known as Dark Island Castle until 2002 when Dark Island Tours purchased the island and renamed it Singer Castle. Singer Castle is open to the public today and rooms are available to rent for weddings, parties and overnight stays. In 2008 Dark Island and Singer Castle were offered for sale through Sotheby's International Realty for $24.5 million dollars with no takers.
Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island on Hudson River
Bannerman Castle is located on Pollepel Island which is also known as Bannerman Island a 6.5 acre island in the Hudson River about 50 miles north of New York City. The castle was built in 1901 by and named for Francis Bannerman IV a New York City businessman who bought and sold war surplus materials and scrap iron. By 1900 Bannerman had acquired too much war surplus materials to safely store at his Brooklyn yard so he purchased Pollepel Island and built Bannerman Castle to store his surplus war goods. In 1920 some 200 tons of explosives blew up on the island which destroyed part of Bannerman Castle. By 1950 Bannerman Castle was abandoned and in 1967 New York State purchased the island and castle.
Today Bannerman Castle is run by the Bannerman Castle Trust for the New York State Park Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Tours of the castle by the public are allowed through the Bannerman Castle Trust and one has to wear a hard hat to go on the tour which is a good thing because in December 2009 train commuters who can clearly see Bannerman Castle along the Hudson River line reported that parts of the castle collapsed.
Belvedere Castle in Central Park