Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The Caledonian-Record | Former Home of Poet Robert Frost Vandalized

In And Out The Window; my photo from 
The Homer Noble Farm, Ripton, VT

This past summer I visited what is one of the most important sites in Vermont: the Ripton home of Robert Frost. I also walked the Frost Interpretive Trail and had lunch at the Frost Wayside. Frost also summered in my area, around Lake Willoughby, in his younger years. Click those links to view my photos.  The vandalism reported below is shocking. I hope the people involved come to understand the damage that they caused.
The Caledonian-Record | Former Home of Poet Robert Frost Vandalized

Monday, December 31, 2007
VT News; Associated Press

RIPTON, Vt. (AP) _ A former home of famous poet Robert Frost has been vandalized, with intruders destroying dozens of items and setting fire to furniture in what police say was an underage drinking party.

The Homer Noble Farm, a former Frost residence that's now a historic landmark, was ransacked late Friday night during a party attended by up to 50 people, according to Sgt. Lee Hodsden.

The intruders broke a window to get into the two-story wood frame building - a furnished residence open in the summer - before destroying tables and chairs, pictures, windows, light fixtures and dishes. Wicker furniture and dressers were smashed and thrown into a fireplace, apparently to provide heat in the unheated building, he said.

Empty beer bottles and cans, plastic cups and cellophane apparently used to hold marijuana were also found, according to Hodsden.

The vandals vomited in the living room and discharged two fire extinguishers inside the building, which is located on a dead-end road off Route 125.

The damage, which was estimated at $5,000, was discovered Saturday by a hiker who notified police at Middlebury College, which maintains the site. The cabin's caretaker was last there at 10 a.m. Friday, police said.

Frost, a celebrated New England poet known for such verse as "The Road Not Taken" and "The Gift Outright," died in 1963. He summered at the farm from 1939 to 1963.
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  1. Awful and I bet they don't have respect for them shelf either.

  2. Why, oh why, do people have to wreck things of beauty and meaning? I am sad.

  3. That really sucks, how people do things like that. It's really hurtful to see people wrecking things for any reason (or seemingly no reason). I hope the damage gets repaired soon.


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