Her grandfather’s 1850s lakeside farmhouse in northern
Vermont was more than a fun place to visit in the 1970s and ’80s. As
a child, this now mother of three spent entire summers, swimming,
exploring the nooks and crannies of the house and its hay barn full of
“cool old boats,” and just having “good clean fun” with friends also
summering in the area. That social acceptance and outdoor adventure so grounded her with a deep sense of peace and security that she
wanted to give her children the same experience.
So, with her grandfather’s place now owned by an uncle and some
cousins, she and her husband set out on a years-long quest for prop-
erty on the lake where they could escape with their three boys, now ages
12, 9, and 7, from their home base in a suburb outside New York City.
Finally, in 2011, they found a fishing cabin built in the early 1900s
about 25 feet from the shoreline. The interior was dark, the windows
small, and two wings added on in the 1970s were poorly built. But the
site — a point of land with water and hillside views on three sides — was
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