New Mexico Historic Sites

New Facilities Team Member Brings Needed Skills to Fort Stanton and Lincoln Historic Sites

March 18, 2022

Brandon Brown

Fort Stanton, NM - New Mexico Historic Sites (NMHS) is delighted to welcome Norvell Carpenter as a new maintenance and repair worker at Fort Stanton Historic Site (FSHS) and Lincoln Historic Site (LHS). His first day was December 13, 2021.  

A resident of Capitan since 1972, Carpenter brings years of experience as a plumber, water system operator, and HVAC installer to his new role with NMHS. Though he has never worked on historic buildings before, all these skills have already been put to use at FSHS addressing issues with broken pipes, repairs of the Fort’s water system, and repairing heating systems. In addition to these activities, Carpenter has played a key role sealing broken windows and cleaning debris created by strong winter winds. As spring arrives, groundskeeping and additional ongoing maintenance issues will keep him busy.

“He was badly needed, and he has already provided much needed help at the Fort and is definitely appreciated,” said Herbert “Bo” Chesney, acting regional site manager at FSHS and LHS.

Over the years, Carpenter has watched Fort Stanton undergo many changes. When he first arrived in Capitan, the State Hospital for the Developmentally Handicapped was still open, and since then he has witnessed Fort Stanton’s transition into the historic site that it is today. He remembers baseball games and other community events from the intervening years fondly. “It’s a neat place,” he said. 


About Fort Stanton Historic Site

Built in 1855, Fort Stanton Historic Site served as a vital military outpost for more than 40 years and was home to legendary figures such as Christopher “Kit” Carson, the Buffalo Soldiers, and John J. “Black Jack” Pershing. As the American frontier began to close in the late 19th-Century, the U.S. Army decommissioned Fort Stanton in 1896. However, just two years later, President William McKinley designated the site as the first U. S Merchant Marine Hospital in the United States, established exclusively for the treatment and study of tuberculosis.

About New Mexico Historic Sites    New Mexico Historic Sites is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and its donors. The New Mexico Historic Sites system was established in 1931 by an Act for the Preservation of the Scientific Resources of New Mexico. The eight Historic Sites include Coronado, Fort Selden, Fort Stanton, Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial, Jemez, Lincoln, and Los Luceros. 

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