Featured in this month's Vermont Magazine, a home that has its roots in the past is restored to make the current owners feel right at home.
Idyllic Island Home
Story by Jordan Werner • Interior photos by Carolyn Bates
Vermont Magazine • July/August 2013
As it was restored, this grand old home revealed both its past and its potential for another family to live happily inside its walls.
I have encountered a house that seems to have a soul, and it is a kind one, an old one. It seems to wrap its unseen arms around you when you visit; it whispers its secrets to you, silently hoping that you will stay a while. When you visit it, this realization begins well before you arrive, when you cross a bay on Lake Champlain on the Route 2 causeway and notice that your pace is slowing. The islands you are nearing seem to be generating a sense of calm and relaxation…that’s when you know you are on “island time.” As I crossed the drawbridge, drove through North Hero, and finally rounded the corner at the gate of the Stewart residence, I couldn’t be sure that my car was still moving forward. One glimpse of the lake and the Stewarts’ old lake house, and I knew this story would be different from every house story I had written before.