Briarcliff Public Library

Bannerman’s Island Lecture – Briarcliff Manor Library March 18th

Briarcliff Manor Scarborough Historical SocietyIn case you missed Thom Johnson at our seminar in Chappaqua last year (or want to see his fabulous lecture again!), he’ll be at Briarcliff Public Library on Sunday, March 18th at 2pm. View the flyer 

To register call 914-941-7072 or email Shelley Glick at

One of the founders of the Bannerman Castle Trust and co-author of the Arcadia Press book on the castle, Thom will present a slide lecture on the history of the island and the arsenal that Francis Bannerman VI built there. This talk will cover the island’s history prior to the arsenal, why it was built there, its years as a working arsenal, the shut down, sale to the State, the fire in 1969, and the creation of the Bannerman Castle Trust. This lecture will be illustrated with historic photos and artwork and current images of the site.

Thom Johnson is a life time resident of the Hudson Valley who first saw the Castle over 45 years ago and has been researching it for all of those years. He is a retired arts educator that believes in using our history sites to guide both young and older citizens on how to preserve and reuse these sites.