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Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Rollins College

Florida's Oldest Institution of Higher Education

 
 
Rollins College Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
1. Rollins College Marker
Inscription.
Was on
28 April 1885
Incorporated, organized and named in the Lyman Bank Bldg.,
southwest corner of Park and First Streets here in
Sanford
by
Rev. E. P. Hooker D. D.
Rev. J. A. Tomlinson
Hon. F. W. Lyman
Rev. S. D. Smith
To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of this
significant event in the development of education in
Florida and to observe the semicentennial of the
founding of Rollins College this marker is placed here
28 April 1935
by the Sallie Harrison Chapter, Daughters of the
American Revolution and other citizens of Sanford
and Seminole County.

 
Erected 1935 by the Sallie Harrison Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and other citizens of Sanford and Seminole County.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 28° 48.695′ N, 81° 16.085′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Avenue and First Street, on the right when traveling south on Park Avenue. Click for map. The marker stands along the South Park Avenue sidewalk on the southwest corner of North/South Park Avenue
Rollins College Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
2. Rollins College Marker
The building seen here is the former Lyman Bank (a.k.a. First National Bank No. 1),
where the story of Rollins College began.
and East/West First Street. Marker is in this post office area: Sanford FL 32771, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First National Bank No. 1 (a few steps from this marker); The First National Bank No. 2 (a few steps from this marker); The Henry B. Lord Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Brumley - Puleston Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The DeForest Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The PICO Block (within shouting distance of this marker); The DeForest Block (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The N.P. Yowell and the Garner-Woodruff Buildings (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sanford.
 
More about this marker. The marker is capped with the insignia of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The building outside which the marker stands is the former home of the Lyman Bank, which later became First National Bank. As building "No. 1", it is the oldest of two First National Bank buildings situated on either side of Park Avenue on the south side of First Street. Both buildings have been honored with their own historical markers (see "Other nearby markers", above).
 
Regarding Rollins College.
Rollins College Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
3. Rollins College Marker
Seen at lower-left in this view down West First Street
Sanford may have been where Rollins College was created on paper, but Rollins' actual physical location would be roughly 18 miles to the south, in Winter Park. There, a lakeside campus was established which today encompasses 70-acres.

The founders of Rollins College were Congregationalists who moved to Florida from New England, where higher learning institutions had been long established. They hoped to take the same liberal arts-style curriculum through which they had been educated and introduce it to what was then the very sparsely-settled Florida frontier. They created Rollins College as a private, nonsectarian, and coeducational institution; and it remains so today.
 
Also see . . .  Official website for Rollins College. (Submitted on May 14, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
 
Categories. Education
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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