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Powhatan Historic State Park Names New Superintendent

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
State Parks Division

LITTLE ROCK- Kristyn Watts has been selected as the park superintendent for Powhatan Historic State Park according to State Parks Director Greg Butts. As superintendent, Watts, who has served as Park Interpreter for Powhatan Historic State Park since 2006, will be responsible for all operations at the park. Watts replaces Corinne Fletcher who retired June 23rd after 32 years of service with Arkansas State Parks. Superintendent Watts assumed her new responsibility June 23rd.
“Kristyn Watts has prepared herself in her new role managing Powhatan Historic State Park,” said Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts. “Kristyn is a knowledgeable, energetic, talented and successful park professional with 10 years experience in the Arkansas State Park system. She has been a Park Interpreter at Powhatan Historic State Park for the past six years, Personnel Officer for the Human Resources department for the previous two years, worked as a park interpreter at Davidsonville Historic State Park for two years and was a Student Conservation Association Intern at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Superintendent Watts' outgoing personality, passion for her work, and her achievements during her career are a testament of her success. I know she will excel in her new role at Powhatan Historic State Park.”
Butts noted that Superintendent Watts has prepared herself well for her new responsibilities. Kristyn is a certified interpretive guide and trainer from the National Association of Interpretation, an Emergency Medical Technician, and has completed numerous park management related training courses and workshops.
Watts says “I am looking forward to my time as Superintendent. I hope to use the experience that I’ve gained over the past 10 years with the Department to help Powhatan Historic State park develop into the area's premier historic destination.”
A native of Cleveland Ohio, Superintendent Watts has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology/Anthropology from Kenyon College in Gambler, Ohio in 2002, is past Secretary and current President of the Arkansas Living History Association, and a board member of the Arkansas W omen’s History Institute, and member of the Association of Living History Farms and Agricultural Museums, and National Association of Interpretation.
Powhatan Historic State Park (PHSP) is one of the 52 state parks managed by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Toursim. Park faciliteis and activities include the 1888 Powhatan Courthouse, 1873 Powhatan Jail, 1850 Ficklin-Imboden Log House, 1887 Telephne Exchange Building, 1890 Powhatan Mal and Femail Academy, a two-rom schoolhouse, and interpretive exhibits. For more information abouth PHSP, wee or call 870-878-6765.