The town of Hollins, Virginia is located in an area locally referred to as “North County” which includes parts of both Botetourt and Roanoke counties. Though the area only covers an area of 8.7 square miles, it has a population of nearly 15,000 individuals. The closest major city is Roanoke, VA, located about 5 miles to the south of Hollins. Roanoke is home to nearly 100,000 people and it is the largest municipality in southwest Virginia.
Roanoke County was established in 1838 by an act of legislature and it was named for the Roanoke River which got its name from the Native American word for “money”. The county has several notable past residents including Tiki Barber, Ronde Barber and J. Redwick - all three of them sports figured who graduated from Cave Spring High School in Roanoke. The Roanoke County area is home to Hollins University and a number of historic landmarks including the Black Horse Tavern-Bellvue Hotel and Office, the Old Tombstone, and Harshbarger House.