- The Washington Times - Friday, January 4, 2008

RIPTON, Vt. (AP) — A former home of poet Robert Frost was vandalized, with intruders destroying dozens of items and setting fire to furniture in what police say was an underage-drinking party.

Homer Noble Farm was ransacked the night of Dec. 28 during a party attended by as many as 50 people, Sgt. Lee Hodsden said.

The intruders broke a window to get into the two-story wood-frame building — a furnished residence open in the summer — before destroying tables and chairs, pictures, windows, light fixtures and dishes. Wicker furniture and dressers were smashed and thrown into a fireplace and burned, apparently to provide heat in the unheated building, he said.

Empty beer bottles and cans, plastic cups and cellophane apparently used to hold marijuana also were found, Sgt. Hodsden said. The vandals vomited in the living room and discharged two fire extinguishers inside the building, on a dead-end road off Route 125.

No arrests have been made, Sgt. Hodsden said. The damage was discovered by a hiker who notified police at Middlebury College, which maintains the site.

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