I learned about the Markham-Albertson-Stinson Cottage last year when this article was published in Our State magazine. The cottage was built in 1903. It was part of a community of beach cottages then, although the others were gone along with the land they had stood on.
Hurricane Irene took the cottage. Standing out over the water, the land already washed out from underneath, it was only a matter of time. Still, it was irreplaceable. No one can just build where they want anymore and permits would never be granted to build over the water. The family that owned it knew what a treasure it was, opened it to tours, invited friends to share in the experience to staying there. It was decorated with art, beach combing finds, old furniture.
All that remain are the steps. They went down to say goodbye and someone snapped this photo.