December 10, 2013
Warren Wrenn, long-time
NPS employee, will retire
By IRENE NOLAN
nearly 37 years with the National Park Service, Park Ranger Warren
Wrenn will retire on Dec. 27, 2013. Wrenn has held a variety of
positions within the Outer Banks Group of national parks, which
includes Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National
Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial.
native of Louisburg, N.C., Wrenn began his career in federal service
while a student at East Carolina University in the late 1970s, working
summers as a cave guide at Mammoth Cave National Park in
Kentucky. His first permanent assignment was at Abraham Lincoln’s
Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville, Ky.
moved to the Outer Banks in 1980 to work as a park ranger in
interpretation at Wright Brothers National Memorial. Later that
year he transferred to Buxton and spent the next 11 years giving
programs at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. In 1991, Wrenn returned to Wright Brothers to supervise visitor services at the Memorial and at Fort Raleigh.
then, he has held positions as the concessions management specialist
and the safety officer for the Outer Banks Group. Wrenn has also
participated in organizing many high profile events, including the 2003
First Flight Centennial Celebration, the relocation of the Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse, and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Cape
Hatteras National Seashore.
served as the lead contact for many park partners including the Roanoke
Island Historical Association, the First Flight Society, and the
Elizabethan Gardens. Of all the duties Wrenn has performed, he
remembers most fondly his time spent working directly with the
public. He is well known for recounting tales he has perfected
during his many years of entertaining park visitors.
is frequently sought out for his extensive knowledge of the parks in
the Outer Banks Group by co-workers, researchers, and others seeking
information regarding many aspects of the operations.
has had a remarkable career and much of it spent here on the Outer
Banks. His institutional knowledge about all topics related to
the parks will be missed,” stated Superintendent Barclay Trimble.
“The Outer Banks Group has truly benefited from his experience and hard
work the past 37 years. On behalf of his many Park Service
colleagues throughout the area and in the National Park System, we wish
Warren well in his retirement.”
his wife Suzanne, and their daughter Amy live in Kill Devil
Hills. Another daughter, Christina, is a student at UNC
Greensboro. He plans to remain active with the First Flight
Rotary Club, Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, and other local
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