Repairs to about 100 tombstones at a Thorntown cemetery that were damaged by two children who said they were having fun could reach $75,000. Founded in 1829, and known officially as “the Old Cemetery,” the graveyard is the oldest in Boone County.
Thorntown Town Council President Larry Truitt caught the pair, identified as brothers 6 and 10 years old, as they were toppling gravestones at The Old Cemetery, 400 N. Pearl St., Thorntown, late in the afternoon of March 19.
Truitt has spent thousands of hours restoring grave markers at the cemetery, he said.
The damaged monuments can be repaired, Truitt said. “It’s just that it takes a lot of time.”
Sugar Creek Township Trustee Laura Thompson is working with an insurance company on damage estimates and repair. Because the cemetery is designated a “pioneer” cemetery, the repairs must be done by someone with special training, Truitt said.
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