MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. – Joppa Church in Mammoth Cave National Park is now designated as a day-use area. Vandalism to the church building in the last year has caused the park to limit its availability to the public to daylight hours only.
“Joppa Church is a valued cultural asset to the park and the surrounding community,” said Superintendent Sarah Craighead. “Joppa Church and its cemetery are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, important as being representative of religion and funerary practices from 1900-1949. The park is committed to their protection and preservation.”
“We are asking the public to help us keep watch on Joppa Church, and all park resources,” said Chief Ranger Lora Peppers. “Please report suspicious activity to our law enforcement staff at 270-758-2115.”
9/17/2015 06:54:14 am
I love this place and what it means to me and my family. Part of my family history is connected to this church and strong connection to the land in the park. I hate that vandals have to force us to change what we enjoy in life but I support the parks decision in limiting this to day use only. We had the yearly homecoming service at Joppa this past Sunday and it was a wonderful service and Mrs. Craighead and Ranger Peppers came out and let us know what was going to happen and they were very nice to all of us and I encourage everyone if you do know any information about the vandalism taking place please please report it.
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