Vandals target historic Kentucky church, causing $10K-$15K worth of damage

Posted at 2:05 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 15:05:19-04

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. (WTVF) — Mammoth Cave National Park officials said they’ve launched an investigation after vandals targeted an historic church.

The incident happened after 10 p.m. Sunday at Mammoth Cave Baptist Church. Vandals spray-painted the church’s exterior and interior walls, windows and benches.

“The Mammoth Cave Baptist Church is one of only three historic churches that remain from a time before Mammoth Cave National Park was established,” said Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “These structures serve as an important connection for the individuals and families who once lived, worked, and worshiped on this land. To see this meaningful building defaced is a crime against the park as well as to our neighboring communities.”

Park officials said it’s difficult to fully remove graffiti without destroying the historic wood. They said that makes a full removal virtually impossible.

The park estimates the repairs to the church will cost between $10,000 and $15,000.

The penalty for tagging structures or natural surfaces in the park range from fines of up to $5,000 and six months in jail. Anyone with information should call the ranger station at 270-758-2115 or park dispatch at 270-597-2729.