Historical 'Pioneer Village' in Kissimmee vandalized

- Pioneer Village in Kissimmee is dealing with damage to historic buildings after vandals struck over the weekend.

Bullet holes, busted down doors and broken windows could be seen throughout the property Sunday.

“It’s really frustrating,” said Donnita Dampier, who is the executive director of the Osceola County Historical Society.

She says some of the buildings hit are more than 120 years old.

The site serves as a way for visitors to take a step back in time.

“We have field trips come, students come, and they learn about the history and about the people who came here and really made Central Florida what it is today,” Dampier said.
 
But now, it’s closed for cleanup.

One building from the late 1800s has been boarded up after some of its original doors and windows were broken.

Some of the replicas were targeted too.

Dampier says the culprits fired a gun from inside one building and the bullet landed inside a neighboring building.
 
Dampier says they’ve dealt with vandals before on the site, but this is different.
 
“Just small things, but it’s slowly been escalating and this time, with the use of a gun, it’s a little scary,” she said.
 
She says the plan is to install cameras and put up "No Trespassing" signs.

She estimates the damage will cost around $3,000, but says the nonprofit will figure out how to cover it.
 
“We’re gonna rally and we’re going to fix everything up and keep going and hopefully catch whoever it was that did this and put a stop to them coming back and doing it again,” Dampier said.
 
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

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