Category Archives: Artifacts

What started out as exurban flight (Goodbye, Manhattan!) and Adirondack escapism (Hello, Essex on Lake Champlain!) soon morphed into an all-consuming avocation. Historic rehabilitation. While painstakingly resuscitating Rosslyn, we have discovered lots of local artifacts, relics, memorabilia and esoterica. And—a bit like amateur archeologists poking through ancient midden heaps—we have tried to decipher the relevance and context of rotting lineament bottles, wallpaper shards, yellowing postcards, etc. Our burgeoning collection of Rosslyn artifacts, Essex artifacts, Lake Champlain artifacts, and Adirondack artifacts comprises a veritable “digital museum” of curated collectibles all directly or indirectly related to the historic William Daniel Ross home in Essex, New York.

George D. Anson, Essex Merchant

Ever scouring the midden heaps—real and virtual—for Essex artifacts, I came across these curiosities. These ACME “picture cards” were offered as incentives to soap customers. Save ACME brand Marseilles White Spray Soap wrappers, mail them to Lautz Bros & Co. (located in … Continue reading

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Rosslyn Boathouse, circa 1907

It’s time travel Tuesday! Gazing through the time-hazed patina of this vintage postcard I’m unable to resist the seductive pull of bygone days. Whoosh! I tumble backward through a sepia wormhole, settling into the first decade of the 20th century. It’s 1907 … Continue reading

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Butternut Flats on the Boquet River

This vintage photograph of Butternut Flats was featured on a photograph that I discovered on eBay. Serene. Placid. Mysterious. Who is that boy? What are those wonderful rowboats? Dories? Skiffs? And — most intriguing by far — where along the meandering … Continue reading

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Old Stump Bridge in Whallons Bay

Back in July I received a comment from Heidi LaBate about an Essex painting created by the late Sid Couchey. I have an original oil painting done by Sid couchey in the mid to late 1950’s. It is off old stump bridge … Continue reading

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Vintage Sherwood Inn Advertisement

Many thanks to David Brayden for discovering and sharing a 1949 Adirondack Guide that showcased Essex, NY alongside a vintage Sherwood Inn advertisement (above), the only Essex ad included in the book. It turns out that David Brayden is not only a talented doodler. He … Continue reading

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Homeport in Wadhams, NY

I’ve come across another historic photograph of Homeport in Wadhams, NY. This wonderful old house a short drive from Rosslyn was my home during the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was a wreck when my parents purchased it and … Continue reading

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Essex Horse Nail Company in Essex, New York

Welcome to my gallery of Essex Horse Nail Company artifacts. I’m intrigued by artifacts that offer a window into bygone Essex heritage and buildings such at the Essex Horse Nail Company which once stood proud and productive on the site of present day … Continue reading

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History of Essex, New York

[The following excerpt, “History of Essex, New York”, has been taken from Chapter XXXIV (pp. 540-559) of History of Essex County with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers, edited by H. P. Smith, published by D. Mason & Co., … Continue reading

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Essex Regatta 1950s?

It’s always a treat to discover Rosslyn artifacts. Can you just barely spy our boathouse beyond the moored boats? This intriguing photograph was received from part-time Essex neighbor, Christine Herrmann. This generous Sandy Beach friend has allowed us to traverse … Continue reading

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Eve Ticknor’s Meditative Mirages

Every once in a while I get lucky. A dramatic sunrise falling on mist. Gluten free, dairy free chocolate desert on a restaurant menu. A quick smile or pleasantries from a stranger. A dogeared but otherwise forgotten poem resurfacing, reconnecting, … Continue reading

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