Historic cemeteries vandalized in Cheatham County

Courtesy: Cheatham County Sheriff's Office via Facebook

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office is searching for anyone with information about the recent vandalism to at least two historic cemeteries.

Both Scott and Young cemeteries have been vandalized over the past few months.

“This area has seen a lot of historical events and the families that are buried here, a lot of them fought in the Civil War,” explained local historian DJ Hutcherson with the Cheatham County Historical Society.

The damaged headstones date back to the 1800’s and now they are pieced together as best as they can be, but the damage is done and now Hutcherson, as well as other community members want answers.

“It’s just like someone took a baseball bat and hit it as hard as they could,” said Hutcherson.

But why target the historic headstones or target a cemetery at all?

“The only way I can explain it, or try to understand, is that it’s someone that hasn’t lost someone they loved and they haven’t had to bury their loved one and they haven’t felt that pain or that grief,” said Hutcherson.

Hutcherson told News 2 he has been talking with others about putting up cameras.

“If they are watching, they better know there are going to be some eyes on them,” said Hutcherson.

The community has raised $800 and is offering a reward for anyone with information about the damage.

Anyone with information should call the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office at 615-792-2098.