Vandals damage historic cemetery

Jessamine County Sheriff's deputies are searching for suspects responsible for damaging headstones in a historic cemetery.

Someone pushed over headstones during the weekend in the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church cemetery, Jessamine sheriff's deputy Gerald Wheeler said. Some of the headstones were damaged beyond repair.

Jeff Smith, a church trustee and the caretaker for the church grounds, said about 15 headstones were knocked over. By Tuesday afternoon, about half had been put back up. Smith said two stones were broken.

An abandoned trailer next to the cemetery also sustained broken windows, Wheeler said.

The site is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Many of the graves date back to the 1700s, according to the church's Web site.

Wheeler said there is about $2,000 worth of damage in the cemetery, but it is difficult to determine an exact cost.

"You can't put a face value on it," he said.

Anyone with information can contact the Jessamine County Sheriff's Office at (859) 885-9512.

Smith said a $200 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.