UPPER CUMBERLAND – Earlier this month, two Upper Cumberland state parks welcomed new park managers to oversee operations at their respective facilities.
Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park welcomed new park manager Josh Waggener with a Meet the Manager event. Waggener comes to the Fentress County park after four years serving as a park State Parks Special Operations Team and its Living History Team, which provides historical interpretation in World War I-era clothing. He has a B.A. and an M.A. in History from Middle Tennessee State University and served in the Marine Corps Reserve for six years.
“I am truly humbled to be fortunate enough to work at this site,” said Waggener. “Sharing Sgt. York’s narrative is an incredible responsibility. I work with some of the most tremendous staff on site and have wonderful support from the Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation and the leadership of Tennessee State Parks.”
Pickett Civilian Conservation Corp. (CCC) Memorial State Park welcomed new a new park manager. Travis Stover comes to Pickett County after serving two years as manager at Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park. During his tenure, the park won Tennessee State Parks’ 2016 Excellence in Interpretation Award for their high-quality activities and tours centered around World War I history.
Stover previously served as a Ranger at Sgt. Alvin C. York, Standing Stone State Park, and Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. He earned a B.S. from Tennessee Tech University in Wildlife and Fisheries.