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1 "4 Questions with Lara Garner" | Education Director at the Fulton Mansion

1. Where (and how) did you grow up?
I grew up in Maryville, Tennessee near the Great Smoky mountains national park. I am a part of a wonderful family that I remain very close to. Maryville is a typical Southern small town full of charm and friendly people. I loved growing up there, and my Appalachian roots are something I am very proud of.

2. How did your upbringing affect what you do for a living now?
Both of my parents loved history, and my dad was going to be a history teacher before he decided to go to law school. We spent family vacations going to museums, historic sites, and old homes. As I child, I visited Biltmore Estate in Asheville, Nor Carolina and realized how much I loved the Victorian period and being in a historic setting. From a young age, I decided I wanted to do museum work.

I studied European History and English literature at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee and took 2 years off after undergrad to do non-profit work in the United Kingdom.

3. What brought you to Rockport­-Fulton (and how does it differ from where you have lived previously)?
I moved to Texas in 2010 to attend graduate school at Baylor University. I graduated in 2012 with an M.A. in museum studies, and moved to Rockport a week later to begin working at the Fulton Mansion. Rockport is one of the smallest, and hottest, places I have ever lived! ;) But, it does have many similarities to my home town. When I was living in the UK, I lived in Caernarfon, North Wales, which is also a major tourist spot, so often, I see similarities between the two resort communities.

4. What are your passions?
My passions are diverse…In my work at the Mansion, I am passionate about making the Victorian period relevant and accessible to learners of all ages; In my faith and spirituality, I am passionate about loving others as God has loved me; in my relationships, I am passionate about thinking of others more than myself. I am also passionate about enjoying life and taking time to slow down through yoga, cooking, reading, and days spent at the beach.

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Welcome to Rockport. We're all so glad you are here!



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