PEEKSKILL, NY (WCBS 880) – Built in 1901, Bannerman Castle has weathered many storms, but two proved too strong for the aging castle.

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Two walls have collapsed and now the Bannerman Castle Trust is looking to raise $500,000 to save the building.

“They have to cable the building, and put bands around the building to support it,” says the trust’s executive director, Neil Caplan. “They need to do this before they can do any masonry work or before they can get inside of it.”

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While the island is part of Hudson Highlands State Park, Caplan says he knows in these tough economic times, they can’t go to the state for money. So, they have to raise it.

“It’s part of our history,” he says. “It’s [a] Hudson Valley icon.”

Three fundraisers are planned for September.

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For more information about the castle and how you can contribute to the trust, check out their website.