Jessica Pinkert has been named executive director of Millard’s Crossing Historic Village, effective March 18, 2019. Pinkert will oversee the education, preservation and organizational administration of Millard’s Crossing.

“Millard’s Crossing is thrilled to announce the selection of Jessica Pinkert as the new Executive Director of the historic village,” said Ryan Russell, president of the Millard’s Crossing Board of Directors. “Our board has full faith that Jessica will use her diverse skills and background to breathe new life into our beloved Nacogdoches landmark.”

Pinkert graduated from the Hospitality Administration program at Stephen F. Austin State University in 2018 and is currently working towards her master’s degree in Mass Communication. Prior to accepting the position with Millard’s Crossing Historic Village, Pinkert served as the Main Street and Communications assistant for the City of Nacogdoches.

As an engaged member in our community, Pinkert serves on the Shop Nac First committee and is a member of the University Professional Women of Stephen F. Austin State University. Pinkert plans to continue her activism with the Main Street program through its respective committees.

When she is not working or volunteering, Pinkert enjoys knitting, strengthening her photography skills, spending time with her family and supporting local businesses.  

“I am thankful for the opportunity to work with Millard’s Crossing,” said Pinkert. “I fell in love with our community when I moved to Nacogdoches and feel honored to tell our story.  I believe that combining my admiration of local attractions with my talent in media specialization will help me to create quality content for destination marketing.”

Millard’s Crossing Historic Village is a private, non-profit 501c3, dedicated to connecting people to the past in a meaningful and memorable way. Established by the late Lera Millard Thomas, the village comprises a broad sampling of 19th century East Texas architecture from simple log cabins to Victorian homes. The mission of Millard’s Crossing Historic Village is to portray the spirit and ingenuity of pioneer settlement in East Texas and to connect present generations to those of the past.

Millard’s Crossing is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, please email