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Gregory A. Summers/The Lancaster News
From left, Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation board members Lindsay Pettus, Cherry Doster and Brent Burgin survey damaged tombstones in the Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery on Monday, Aug. 22.
Historic cemetery desecrated

Vandals damaged 13 gravestones in the Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery on West Arch Street last week, wrenching them from bases and smashing some of the historic markers beyond repair.
The devastation had local historian Lindsay Pettus almost in tears Monday morning as he walked through the cemetery surveying the damage. Some of the markers date back to 1836.
Pettus, president of the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation, said the vandals struck the cemetery sometime between Aug. 15 and noon Saturday.