Frank VaisvilasDay-to-day Southtown
An 1856 one-room schoolhouse, an 1863 farmhouse and a newly built visitor’s center all sustained heavy damage over the weekend in Lockport curiously on the arms of vandals.
“On story of these constructions are irreplaceable, we can’t get insurance coverage on them,” mentioned Sandy Vasko, director of the Will County Ancient Museum which manages the positioning at 248 W. 2nd St.
She mentioned the vandals need to beget been there for a whereas Friday night on story of there was so worthy damage.
In all, 11 home windows beget been smashed on the three constructions.
Vasko mentioned rocks weighing about 10 pounds beget been discovered within the constructing.
She mentioned she’s worried about mildew forming within the ancient constructions attributable to rain on Sunday.
“It lawful makes me weep,” Vasko mentioned. “We keep so worthy exertions and so worthy effort into these constructions.”
She mentioned police beget been notified of the damage and she’s hoping that motion activated cameras caught the suspects.
Lockport police had no boom relating to the incident on Sunday.
Vasko mentioned three home windows beget been damaged on the schoolhouse about two months ago, nonetheless nothing was seen on the video surveillance at that time.
Moreover the home windows, she mentioned almost definitely the most long-established framework was damaged on this most up-to-date incident and she’ll wish to be taught for specialized craft workers who can repair it whereas asserting the constructions’ ancient integrity.
Vasko mentioned the ancient society is accepting donations to support repair the damage via its Facebook page on the Will County Museum and Compare Heart, assessments by mail at 803 S. Negate St. or by credit card on the phone, 815-838-5080, at some stage in traditional exchange hours.
Capstones on an ornamental wall on the positioning additionally beget been damaged.
Vasko mentioned some people beget suggesting fencing off the positioning and shutting it when it is no longer in operation.
However she mentioned she would desire to preserve it originate to company since there is a picnic residing there and it sits alongside the Illinois and Michigan Canal Path.
“I don’t are attempting to produce it off-limits,” Vasko mentioned.
Frank Vaisvilas is a contract reporter for the Day-to-day Southtown.