Authorities Looking For Who Stole Historic Glass Window From Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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This entire window, not just the missing 4-inch-by-4-inch pane, has been stolen from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. NPS photo.

Wanted: A very meticulous thief who managed to take a 4-foot-by-1-foot window from a historic cabin in the Elkmont Historic District in Great Smoky Mountains National Park without breaking a pane.

Park officials, who say the window was taken in January, are offering a $1,000 reward for information regarding the theft.

“This is a very sad case of vandalism and theft,” said Chief Ranger Clay Jordan. “The people who did this have stolen a piece of our shared history that can never be replicated.”

The missing window was from the former summer home of a Knoxville glass maker, and featured an intricate and unusual design. The entire window includes 34 individual glass panes, each measuring 4 inches x 4 inches.

It is unlawful to disturb or deface natural and historic resources within the park. Individuals convicted of such crimes may be sentenced up to six months in jail and/or fined up to $5,000. Anyone with information as to the possible identity of the individuals responsible for the theft is encouraged to call the tip hotline at 865-436-1580.

The Elkmont Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Upon its registration as a Historic District, it was comprised of 74 cottages, outbuildings, and the Wonderland Hotel.