Charles, “Chuck” LeCount serves as the division’s Deputy Director, a position he has held since 2016. As Deputy Director he oversees the operations of 22 of the division’s sites by way of managing the three regional supervisors. He also serves as the division’s liaison with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office ensuring that restoration, reconstruction, and other projects undertaken by the division comply with State and Federal preservation practices.
Prior to joining the division, LeCount served as Senior Director of Programs and Collections (2007-2015) at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, a 700-acre campus that included art and carriage museums, nature center, restaurant, the nation’s only 19th century baseball park, and a “village” of 68 relocated buildings from around western New York. Previously, he served as Site Director/Curator of Historic Brattonsville, a Revolutionary War battlefield and 19th century plantation museum near Rock Hill, SC (2001-2007), as Curator of Agriculture and Industry (1995-1997) and Chief Curator (1997-2001) of the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.
Chuck holds a BA in Museum Studies in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale and a MA in Historic Administration from Eastern Illinois University. He attended the Seminar for Historic Administration at Colonial Williamsburg in 1998, and the MESDA Summer Institute in 1993.
Chuck is a former President of the Association of Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums; also serving at times as a Regional Representative, board member, and committee chair. He has held museum positions with Historic New England (Boston, MA), the USS Constitution Museum (Boston, MA), Historic Bethlehem (Bethlehem, PA), the Old Barracks Museum (Trenton, NJ), and the Chester County Historical Society (West Chester, PA).