Save the Rutland Prison Camps

Save the Rutland Prison Camps

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Kyle Deane started this petition to The people of Rutland and surrounding towns and

We need your help to preserve standing history: just adjacent Rutland State Park proper is an access road to a historic site.

Over one hundred years ago, the state of Massachusetts erected a prison camp to extract labor from misdemeanor criminals and drunkards. When the camp closed in 1934, the premises were abandoned, sitting in solemn silence until they became a eerily beautiful location for families and park-goers to visit.

The state has not cared for these ruins since closing the camp nearly a century ago, and now suddenly the DCR wants to demolish the remaining buildings. They claim that the ruins pose an injury hazard, and that they cannot abide the graffiti on the ruins. If this is the case, then why demolish the ruins? Install fences and paint over the graffiti - post a park ranger there to monitor the site. Make the state prove that it actually cares, and that it is not just demolishing a perceived eyesore.

As reported by Worcester Telegram and Gazette contributor Isabel Sami, the DCR said in an email to the Rutland Historical Society that the demolition was a "done deal".

In the words of Rutland Selectman Jeff Stillings, "We'll see about that."

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