Category Archives: Historic Essex

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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Adirondack Birding and Squirreling

Rather than whining through another verse of the Bali Blues on my harmonica, I awoke on my first morning back at Rosslyn in a fever to jump-start autumn/winter rituals. Top of the list was setting up the bird feeders in … Continue reading

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Leaf Peeping in the High Peaks

On Wednesday afternoon my bride and I departed Essex and headed south on Interstate 87. Driving one of the Adirondack highway’s most handsome stretches always affords decadent views, but yesterday spoiled us with near peak Adirondack fall foliage. It was breathtaking … Continue reading

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Paris, Rome, New York City and Essex

Early in the millennium I lived in Paris and Rome for a little while. Twin hardship posts! I shuffled back and forth on a roughly two week cycle with frequent detours to New York City to visit my then-girlfriend-now-bride. I … Continue reading

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Rosslyn Roundup, May 4

It’s time for another Rosslyn Roundup to share everything Rosslyn-related that I didn’t get a chance to post over the last few weeks. Champlain Valleysprings are unpredictable and exciting, sometimes arriving early (this year) and other times hiding behind rain, … Continue reading

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Remembering Essex Cartoonist, Sid Couchey

On a gray November afternoon back in 2010, Ruth and Sid Couchey rang my doorbell to present this playful rendering of Rosslyn’s boathouse. We sat in the living room and talked and laughed until the dreary afternoon yielded to technicolor … Continue reading

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Hickory Hill and Homeport

Rosslyn artifacts continue to emerge, and sometimes they’re not even even Rosslyn artifacts at all but Ross family artifacts. For example, I just discovered this antique postcard of the Ross Mansion (aka Hickory Hill) which was built in the early 1820s … Continue reading

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Totally Incompatible

My fixer-upper forays with Bruce and other local realtors evolved when Susan joined the search. She shared my dream of an old farmhouse surrounded by open meadows with views and sunlight. She liked barns and was even receptive to my … Continue reading

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Recovering from Irene

Much of the North Country is still recovering from the devastation wrought by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene. Four weeks on, I return to the notes I jotted during and shortly after Irene passed through Essex, New York. A sheet of water … Continue reading

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Redacting Rosslyn v1.0

Thanks for diving into my experiment! Redacting Rosslyn is an invitation to co-create Rosslyn Redux, a transmedia memoir of marriage testing misadventure, exurban flight & eco-historic rehab. The following is a digital scrapbook for my performance at the Depot Theatre in Westport, NY on August 3, 2011. Continue reading

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