Creepy Castles: 13 Abandoned Places You Need to Visit

Bannerman Castle

When Francis Bannerman emigrated from Scotland to the United States in 1854 at the age of three, he probably never dreamed that he would one day build his own Scottish castle set on a tiny island just up river from New York City.

Bannerman was the founder of a massive army surplus conglomerate – he founded it when he was just 14. By the time he was 36, Bannerman had so much money that he bought his own island just north of New York City as a safe place to store his munitions.

Designed by Bannerman himself, the castle was never actually finished. Sadly, a series of unfortunate events lead to the castle being abandoned completely, although you can still see the words “Bannerman’s Island Arsenal” on the side of the castle while on the Metro-North Hudson train line.

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