The Coker Hills neighborhood holds wonderful secrets. In this quiet and spacious landscape lies the story of some of Chapel Hill’s rich cultural and natural history. When University of North Carolina botany professor William Chambers Coker purchased the hilly area now known as Coker Hills, he bought it with a keen eye for the flora and the dramatic rises. Upon Coker’s death in 1953, ownership of the land transferred, according to his will, to Coker College, a college started by his father to educate women. The College, a former student, a fellow botany professor, and a dear friend of Coker’s began to develop the tract. The earliest houses began to spring up in the 1960s. They would be as unique as the land upon which they sat. The Coker and Trotten legacy lives on today in the Coker neighborhood. Jill Blackburn is a graduate of UNC, with a M.Ed. and PhD. Her family moved into the area many years ago. She and the other residents appreciate the feel of “living in the woods” while being close to amenities. A reception will follow the presentation.
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