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Walking Tours Of Bannerman Island Home Now Available From Beacon

Bannerman Castle
Bannerman Castle Photo Credit: Joel Morzen

BEACON, N.Y. -- Interested in exploring the Bannerman residence?

Bannerman Island is offering walking tours of the Bannerman residence for the first time. Tours depart from Beacon via kayak or passenger boat and from Cold Spring via kayak.

The tour features a walking tour of the island and a chance to learn about the history of the Bannerman family. The island was originally built as a place for

The island has been open to the public since 2004. To gain access to the residence, new floors were put in and a grant from Hudson Valley Greenway Conservatory allowed for interpretive signage.

"It means a lot to us," Neil Caplan, executive director of the Bannerman Castle Trust said. "It's very exciting and we're very exciting."

Caplan said they are expecting to have 9,000 tourists this year. Events include performances of "Whiskey Woman" and the radio performance of "War Of The Worlds."

"It's a wonderful place," Caplan said.

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