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Furnace Town Historic Site in Worcester County vandalized

by DrewLUD

There’s a long and likely costly road ahead to restore several “seriously vandalized” buildings at the Furnace Town Historic Site in Worcester County.

Executive Director Claudia Nagle said the vandalism occurred between the night of Tuesday, Sept. 21, and the early hours of Wednesday, Sept. 22, leaving behind “pretty significant” damage that’s made seven building unusable for artisans and touring.

This is typically Furnace Town’s busiest time of year, Nagle explained. School tours come through the historic site, and the good weather ushers in lots of visitors to see the grounds and experience the demonstrations by Furnace Town’s artisans.

Furnace Town is supposed to be open to visitors Thursdays through Sundays, but is currently closed, except for some outdoor weddings and possibly the yearly trick-or-treating event that may still happen later in October.

The Furnace Town Historic Site is located in Worcester County, giving visitors a glimpse into 19th century life.

Lots of glass has already been cleaned up and buildings have been secured so that people can’t enter them, but Nagle stressed being able to ensure visitors’ safety is key before the site reopens to the public.

“So many of the buildings that were damaged are buildings of historic significance for the county, and it’s not an easy repair in that you cannot just purchase a window or order a window from one of the big box stores,” she said.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service