Thorntown cemetery will be restored after dozens of headstones damaged

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BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Headstones dating back to the 1800’s in the ‘Old Cemetery’ in Thorntown will all soon be restored.

The cemetery was vandalized back in March. Police said two young boys damaged nearly 100 headstones by tipping them over.

The town was able to use insurance money to hire companies to restore the stones. This week, that work began.

“I’m glad they’re fixing it, I’m really glad they’re fixing it,” Terry Barrett told 24-Hour News 8’s Teresa Mackin on Friday.

Barrett said her uncle died as an infant and was buried in that cemetery. Officials say there are also more than 100 soldiers buried in the cemetery, dating back to the 1800’s.

“It really broke my heart when I found out about it. I just went down there and walked through it, and I just cried,” Barrett said.

Officials say they expect to finish the work on all the headstones, more than 80, within two weeks.

“They’ve made some major progress here. In fact, they’ll probably finish up next week,” Larry Truitt, who took the historic cemetery under his wing in 2005, said.

“You hope you left something better than the day you walked in,” Mark Davis, who helped restore the cemetery, said.

“We really appreciate it, means a lot to us,” Barrett said.

Here’s a link for more information.

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