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Hollins in Roanoke County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Hollins College
 
Hollins College Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., April 12, 2009
1. Hollins College Marker
 
Inscription. First chartered college for women in Virginia. Established in 1842. Led for 87 years by Charles L. Cocke and his daughter Matty L. Cocke, first women president of a Virginia College.
 
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."
 
Hollins College Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, February 4, 2013
2. Hollins College Marker
 

 
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. (Submitted on April 20, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
Hollins College Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., April 12, 2009
3. Hollins College Marker
 
 
Hollins University Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., April 12, 2009
4. Hollins University
H-shaped Hedge behind Hollins University Student Center.
 
 
Hollins University Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., April 12, 2009
5. Hollins University
View is from the Cocke family cemetery.
 
 
Cocke family cemetery, SE end of campus Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., April 12, 2009
6. Cocke family cemetery, SE end of campus
At this sight is buried Charles L. Locke and Matty L. Cocke, leaders of Hollins Institute, later Hollins College, for a combined 87 years.
 
 
Plaque at Cocke family cemetery entrance Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., April 12, 2009
7. Plaque at Cocke family cemetery entrance
This wall erected in memory of Lucian Howard Cocke by his children, 1928
 
 
Gravesite of Charles Lewis Cocke Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., April 12, 2009
8. Gravesite of Charles Lewis Cocke
Feb. 21, 1820 - May 4, 1901
Founder of Hollins Institute
 
 
Martha Lewis Cocke Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., April 12, 2009
9. Martha Lewis Cocke
Daughter of Charles Lewis and Susanna Virginia Cocke
Born October 9, 1855
Died August 15, 1938
President of Hollins Institute, 1901-1911
and Hollins College 1911-1933
 
 
Hollins University entrance Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., April 12, 2009
10. Hollins University entrance
 
 
Hollins University Entrance Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., April 12, 2009
11. Hollins University Entrance Plaque
 
 
Hollins University Logo at the entrance Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., April 12, 2009
12. Hollins University Logo at the entrance
Note the motto, Levavi Oculos, which means "Lift Up Your Eyes." This motto is also found on the marker.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,010 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on April 19, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on February 11, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on April 19, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on April 20, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
 
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