More than anything else, it was the Rosslyn boathouse (technically a “dock house“) that seduced us at the outset. As a young boy I’d often spied this peninsular folly, and decades later it still beckoned. I honestly think it’s one of the most architecturally charming utility structures ever built! (It was once the seasonal residence for the engineer/captain of the Kestrel steam yacht.) Constructed atop a pier that protrudes out into Lake Champlain, Rosslyn’s dock house is the only surviving example of Essex boathouses and one of few historic Lake Champlain boathouses. This pleasure-serving peninsula sang her siren song to Susan and me so enticingly that we abandoned all sensibility and dove into the fantasy. What if?!?!