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Vermont Home of Robert Frost Ransacked

Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.02.08

Homer Noble Farm, one of the residences of four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost, was vandalized last Friday by what authorities believe to be a group of up to fifty underage partygoers, the Associated Press reported. The vandals broke a window to enter the historic landmark, located on a dead-end road in Ripton, Vermont, and destroyed decorations and furniture, several pieces of which were burned in a fireplace. In addition to discharging two fire extinguishers and vomiting inside the building, intruders left behind empty alcohol containers and cellophane presumed by police to have held marijuana. A nearby cabin where Frost is said to have done much of his writing was not harmed.

A hiker discovered the damaged property on Saturday and informed authorities at Middlebury College, which owns and maintains the site. Police have not made any arrests, though they have located some suspects, believed to be minors.

Frost spent his summers at the house from 1939 to 1963, the year of his death. The furnished residence is open to the public during the summer.

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