The Lakeport Plantation
601 Hwy 142
Lake Village, AR 71653
Blake Wintory, Ph.D., Assistant Director and Facilities Manager
Blake conducts tours and provides on-site supervision for the Lakeport Plantation project. Wintory holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Anthropology and a Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Previously he was Director of Research and Interpretation at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Besides giving tours, Blake is researching different topics on Lakeport’s and the region’s history.
Ruth O’Loughlin, Museum Curator
Ruth develops educational programs, helps curate the collections for the Lakeport Plantation and serves as office manager. O’Loughlin received her B.A. in History from Central Michigan University and M.A. in Education-Library Media and Information from Southern Arkansas University. Previously, she has served as Museum Assistant for the Midland County Historical Society in Midland, MI from 2001-2007 and most recently worked at Lakeside Elementary School in Lake Village, AR from 2007 to 2018 as a fifth-grade teacher and librarian.
Arkansas Heritage Sites
Arkansas State University
P.O. Box 2050
State University, AR 72467
Ruth Hawkins, Ph.D., Executive Director
Ruth is Director of Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University, which includes overall responsibilities for policies and programs at the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza, Lakeport Plantation in Lake Village, the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott, and the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project in Dyess. Ruth also is Executive Director of Arkansas Delta Byways, a 15-county tourism promotion association that promotes Eastern Arkansas and its two national scenic byways: Crowley’s Ridge Parkway and the Arkansas Great River Road, and is a faculty member in A-State’s Heritage Studies Ph.D. program
Paula Miles, Assistant Director, Arkansas Heritage Sites
Paula provides administrative support and oversight for the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, Lakeport Plantation, Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Education Center, and the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project. She also is Treasurer for Arkansas Delta Byways. Her responsibilities include serving as office manager, coordinating special events, and developing ongoing activities in the Delta region and along the Crowley’s Ridge Parkway and the Arkansas Great River Road national scenic byways.