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 … [Read more...] about 19th Century Essex Merchant Geo D. Anson
I present to you a rather well captured (and equally well preserved) photograph of The Ross Mansion (aka Hickory Hill) circa 1910... The Ross Mansion in the photograph above was originally built for, and owned by Henry Howard Ross, the brother of William Daniel Ross who built … [Read more...] about 1910 Hickory Hill Photo
I recently stumbled across a reference to local boatbuilders, Frederick W. Rice and Fred M. Rice. The mention, buried in museum notes about a Willsboro, NY Adirondack guideboat builder, was brief. Too brief. 55-year old guide and boatbuilder, Fred Rice... Fred M. Rice learned … [Read more...] about Willsboro Boatbuilders: Frederick W. Rice and Fred M. Rice
It's almost time to celebrate 6 years of Essex on Lake Champlain's service to the community! Since launching in June 2011, the Essex blog has reached some impressive milestones: I'd like to explain the remarkable — albeit somewhat unlikely — meteoric rise of the … [Read more...] about Will You Sponsor the Essex Blog?
Welcome to spring in the Champlain Valley. And to Rosslyn's annual spring drama: the Lake Champlain boathouse blues! Over the last month lake water level has been rising, rising, rising. And rising some more. In fact, it's even risen since I started drafting this post. … [Read more...] about Lake Champlain Boathouse Blues