More than anything else, I think it was Rosslyn’s boathouse (actually a “dock house“) that seduced us. I’d spied this folly as a boy, and decades later it continues to beckon. It’s quite possibly one of the most architecturally charming utilitarian structures ever built! (It was once the seasonal residence for the engineer/captain of the steam yacht, 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?