Henry River Mill Village Closed Due to Vandalism
In a really sad piece of news the Henry River Mill Village, the home of District 12, has been closed to visitors due to ongoing vandalism. Owner Wade Shepherd, who still owns the property after unsuccessful attempts to sell it, will now close the property to the public and written consent will be needed to enter the property.
“Because of theft and destroying things, I don’t want anybody else on the village,” he said.
Rather than just sightseeing from the safe distance of the sidewalks of the property, folks have been taking everything from wood boards from the old store to window frames from homes.
Shepherd said he found six girls from Raleigh each taking a window frame from houses and putting them in their cars. He told them to put the window frames back and said they initially refused. Only after he threatened to call police did the girls put the window frames back, he said.
It doesn’t stop there, however. Shepherd said people are even crawling under the houses now to take mementos.
The old mill village houses aren’t safe, Shepherd said.
“They’re everywhere they’re not supposed to be,” Shepherd said. “They’re just pilfering through everything.”
Shepherd said he will post signs throughout the property warning people to stay away and police will be patrolling the area more.
“I hate to do it but it’s just necessary,” Shepherd said.
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