Save the Historical Rutland Prison Camps

Save the Historical Rutland Prison Camps

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Katie Goheens started this petition to dcr

Please sign the petition in an effort to protect the Rutland Prison Camps from demolition. DCR has presented a proposal to demolish the local historical Rutland Prison Camps in the summer of 2021 citing it as an "attractive nuisance". Although the area is not perfect and there are safety issues that must be addressed, alternative solutions can and should be considered before demolishing the site.

In February of 2020, DCR made another proposal to block all vehicle access to 100 miles of roads in the Ware River watershed — located in Rutland, Barre, Oakham and Hubbardston. DCR continues to quietly attempt restriction of public access to historical and recreational territory. 

The prison camps offer a unique view into a not so distant past. Efforts should be made to conserve what is left of the area.

"The prison camp was constructed in 1903, when the state Legislature established an industrial camp for prisoners to reclaim and improve the rural land. The state purchased 914 acres in Rutland to build the prison camp, which included a dormitory, farm and other buildings. In 1907, a 30-bed hospital was built for prisoners afflicted with tuberculosis.

According to Rutland's website, the prisoners were serving sentences for drunkenness and other minor offenses. The prisoners tended to a working farm of 150 acres, growing potatoes for the state prison and milking 60 cows for milk that was sent to Worcester."

https://www.telegram.com/story/news/2021/04/03/stay-execution-old-rutland-prison-camp-state-plans-demolish-structures-met-outrage/4834235001/

Please sign this petition in hopes to save the Rutland Prison Camps!

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