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Historic Robert Frost residence vandalized

The historic Homer Noble Farm, the summer home of poet Robert Frost, was vanadalized late Dec. 28 and in the early morning hours of Dec. 29. The farm is located on Frost Road in the town of Ripton. Frost Road is a dead end road located off the north side of Route 125. The Homer Noble Farm and Robert Frost Cabin are a memorial and historic site owned and maintained by Middlebury College. According to Vermont State Police in New Haven, unknown persons forced their way into the farm. Once inside this historic building antique tables, chairs, pictures, dishes, glasses, windows and lighting fixtures were destroyed. Some items were set on fire and burned. Numerous alcoholic containers were found inside and outside the residence. These unknown subjects also vomited in the living room area and also set off two fire extinguishers covering the whole first floor of the building. The caretaker to the property was last at the farm on Friday, Dec. 28, at 10 am. The damaged was noticed on Saturday, Dec. 29, by a hiker at around 3:30 p.m. The hiker contacted Middlebury College Public Safety who in turned notified the Vermont State Police. Evidence was recovered at the scene. The damage and clean up is estimated to be in excess of $5,000. Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the Vermont State Police, New Haven Barracks, at 388-4919.

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