When I was down in Fort Myers Florida visiting my sister and brother-in-law Bruce and Karen Miller, I learned a very interesting story from Bruce. He was a contractor working for Reynold Anselmo owner of PanAmSat a satellite service provider operating a fleet of communications satellites headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. Bruce did everything from renovations on their large home, eventually building huge telecommunication centers for Anselmo who was instrumental in breaking the telecom communication monopoly which at that time was controlled by Intelsat an international treaty-based organization which included the USA.
The story goes that Anselmo was staying at the Equinox Inn an exclusive hotel located in Manchester Vermont. Anselmo noticed a shabby old county courthouse building just across the street and got the idea he wanted to purchase it. Back in Connecticut Anselmo told Bruce to go up to Manchester and purchase the building but was told by the village managers the courthouse could not be sold because it was a government building. With that information Bruce reported back to his boss that the building wasn’t for sale. Undeterred Anselmo sent Bruce back to Vermont to inform the town managers a private individual would like to renovate the building and bring it back to its original state all this while he was building a satellite station in Napa California. Long story short, Anselmo got his way, hired artisans to renovate the building no stings attached. I was so intrigued by Bruce’s story I set off for Manchester to check out the old courthouse.
It’s a must see if you’d like revolutionary war history and beautiful old colonial homes in one of the most beautiful settings in New England.