Oldest cemetery in Westbrook targeted by vandals - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Oldest cemetery in Westbrook targeted by vandals

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WESTBROOK, CT (WFSB) -

A Westbrook cemetery dating back to revolutionary times was severely damaged over the weekend and state police said they’re on the hunt for the suspects.

Dozens of tombstones in were vandalized at the cemetery is simply known as the Old Burying Ground.  

“The damage is in excess of 40 stones,” Westbrook First Selectman Noel Bishop said.  

According to the Westbrook Historical Society, it’s located next to the Lyman building on Old Clinton Road and the Boston Post Road. There are Revolutionary War soldiers buried there. Some graves are from the 1700s.

Photos of the destruction were posted to the group’s Facebook page.  

In them, some graves were knocked over while others were split in half.  

“I was outraged like a lot of people in this community,” Bishop said.

Officials said the area where this happened is seen as a sacred burial ground.  

“It’s a travesty,” Westbrook resident Anthony Riccio said. “It's very unsettling."

Some of the grave stones will be able to be put back in place and stabilized.  While other grave stones will never going to be the same." 

The memorials that need to be mended could cost a minimum of $10,000 to repair. Some townspeople have offered to help with the repair costs. Bishop said he is hopeful insurance will take cover the brunt of the cost of repairs.  

State police said the precise day and time the damage happened is unclear. Anyone with information is asked to contact them at 860-465-5400.

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