Update: COLEBROOK—The owners of a luxe bed-and-breakfast are attempting to use their property’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places to block the construction of a pair of wind tower farms near their business, claiming that the 400-foot-tall structures would have an adverse effect the 1912 Landmark
Michael and Stella Somers, who bought a 10,000-square-foot piece of Connecticut’s history — Rock Hall manor house in Colebrook — spent the next three years restoring the house and its 22-acre setting and turned their home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into a bed and breakfast, promising visitors comfort and serenity in a park-like setting, say their livelihood is threatened by BNE Energy Inc., that wants to construct at least three, 460-foot-tall commercial wind turbines within a half-mile of their B&B.
“If these turbines are sited here, that will be the end of our guests,” Stella Somers said.”These things are 40 stories high. These aren’t like cute Dutch windmills somewhere.”
Paul Corey, chairman and co-owner of BNE, said the company’s wind turbines will bring value to the area and — as they have in other New England states — attract tourists.