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Virtual Lunchbox Talk: History and Heritage of the Coker House and Gardens

with Dr. W. Woodrow Burns, Former Coker House Resident

The registration period has closed for this event.

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Location: Zoom webinar

Fee: Free, $5 suggested fee


William C. Coker came to Chapel Hill in 1903 as the first Professor of Botany. Over the first half of the 20th century, Professor Coker, as a botanist, planner and landscape designer, shaped the UNC campus and the Chapel Hill community. He is responsible for the design and creation of the Arboretum, named in his honor. His home and surrounding garden offer insight into this remarkable man and his wife, Louisa Venable Coker, and the enduring influence they had on this community.

In 1985, Dr. Woodrow Burns, Jr. and his late wife, Mary Jane, purchased the Coker property from the university and oversaw the restoration of the home and garden.




Coker House, photo courtesy of Dr. W. Woodrow Burns        

Quilt of Coker House by Elaine O'Neill, Hillsborough Artist



Registration open through 10/21/2021 11:50 AM

About the Speaker

Dr. Woodrow Burns, Jr. lived at and gardened the W.C. Coker property from 1985 - 2021.  He has been a general surgeon in Chapel Hill and Durham since 1975.

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Dr. W. Woodrow Burns



This program will be offered online via Zoom.
A meeting link and password will be sent a few days before the program.