Repairs started on Mammoth Cave Baptist Church after vandalism

Posted at 11:15 AM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 11:15:15-04

(LEX 18) — Officials at Mammoth Cave National Park have started repairs on a historic church that sits on park property.

Someone used orange spray paint on the Mammoth Cave Baptist Church's walls, along with windows and benches that left damage that will cost an estimated $10,000 to $15,000 to repair.

This comes less than a year after vandals damaged the floor of the historic Joppa Church, which is also on the park property.

The park has started painting over the graffiti, but full restoration is on standby as the park waits for more funding.

"We'll have to make sure that we do what we can to not damage the under structure and the wood removing the paint, painting over it. It's just a lot more care has to go into it because it's historic," said Molly Shroer, the Mammoth Cave public information officer.

It is unclear if the incidents that occurred at the Joppa Church in 2018 are linked to this case of vandalism.