Hollins in Roanoke County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1978 by Board of Supervisors of Roanoke County. (Marker Number A-79.)
Location. 37° 21.114′ N, 79° 56.415′ W. Marker is in Hollins, Virginia, in Roanoke County. Marker is on Williamson Road (U.S. 11) near Campus Drive (County Route 1815). Click for map. Near the Hollins University campus entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Roanoke VA 24020, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roanoke County / Botetourt County (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Carolina Road (approx. 2.2 miles away); Cloverdale Furnace (approx. 2.3 miles away); Daleville College (approx. 3.8 miles away); Mount Moriah Baptist Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Hotel Roanoke (approx. 5.3 miles away); First Train to Big Lick (approx. 5.4 miles away); a different marker also named Hotel Roanoke (approx. 5.4 miles away).
More about this marker. While this marker looks like an official Virginia historical highway marker, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources confirms it was locally approved and produced by the Board of Supervisors of Roanoke County in 1978. The significant difference of this marker from the standard state marker is that the Great Seal of Virginia has been replaced with the motto of Hollins University, Levavi Oculos, Latin for "Lift Up Your Eyes."
Regarding Hollins College. Hollins University was initially established in 1842 as Valley Union Seminary, a coeducational college. It became a woman's college in 1852. In 1855 it was renamed Hollins Institute in recognition of benefactors John and Ann Halsey Hollins who donated generously to the school. Hollins Institute became a College in 1911 and a University in 1998.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Dr. Charles L. Cocke also helped found Mount Moriah Baptist Church for local African American Slaves.
Also see . . . Hollins University web site.
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