Historical cemetery in Flat Rock restored after teen damages it

Posted at 8:09 PM, Sep 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 08:51:31-04

Propping up repaired headstones and smoothing over the cracks, crews have made it look like there was never any damage done to a historical cemetery in Flat Rock.

In May, a young teen damaged all of the headstones.

“Kids coming through. They think that’s a fun thing to do I guess,” said David Carter, owner of Carter Cemetery Restoration.

But no one else in Flat Rock was laughing when a 13 year old boy damaged the historical cemetery.

It is a place that serves as a final resting place for the family of revolutionary war vet, Michael Vreeland. His son was a veteran of the war of 1812.

The boy faces charges now.

Lila Fedokovitz of the Flat Rock Historical Society told 7 Action News the culprit used martial arts to damage the headstones.

“Karate kick is my understanding,” said Fedokovitz.  “We put it on Facebook and within two hours we knew who had done it.”

It is alleged the vandal did the damage, of all times, over Memorial Day weekend.

“I think that is what hurt everybody more than anything. That it would happen in that time period,” said Fedokovitz.”

In August, the historical society came together to raise thousands of dollars to restore this cemetery to the way it once was.

“We held a benefit dinner last month to raise the funds to get Dave Carter back.  He did the original restoration five years ago,” said Fedokovitz.

“We love to come out. It’s rewarding,” said Carter.  “Especially the founding fathers, our veterans. Just to get them back up. Make them more respectable again.”

The restoration was completed on Sunday. 

Organizers are hoping everyone will respect  this historical cemetery and never damage it again.