Virginia Hollis Hand (1900-1995)

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Virginia Hollis Hand (February 21, 1900 - February 11, 1995) was an American Philanthropist and co-Founder of Callaway Gardens. Noted for her interest in conversation and gardening, Mrs. Callaway, along with her husband, textile manufacturer Cason Jewell Callaway (1894-1961), established Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Harris County, Georgia. She was the daughter of Capt. Judson Larrabee Hand (1850-1916), a member of the Georgia General Assembly, and his second wife, Florence Mae Hollis (1877-1969), of Pelham. Her sister, Alice Hinman Hand (1912-1998), married her husband's brother, Fuller Earle Callaway, Jr. (1907-1992). Along with her husband, Cason, Mrs. Callaway, a self-taught horticulturist, devoted her time to environmental preservation, education and appreciation of nature in a natural environment. After her husband's death in 1961, her took the helm as Chair of the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, overseeing the operation of Callaway Gardens. In 1988, she was recipient of the American Horticultural Society's Catherine H. Sweeney Award. Originally buried at Hillview Cemetery, Troup County, Georgia, she was re-interred in the Callaway Family Mausoleum, Harris County, Georgia.


Four Generation Pedigree
Virginia Hollis Hand Judson Larrabee Hand (1850-1916) Columbus Washington Hand (1823-1881) Henry Harrison Hand (1792-1870)
Charity Thompson (1781-1845)
Columbia America Bower (1828-1917) Isaac Bower (1783-?)
Frances Maria Cuthbert (1788-1842)
Florence Mae Hollis (1877-1969) Benjamin Pulliam Hollis (1845-1893) Thomas Charles Hollis (1792-1852)
Elizabeth Bussey (1803-1869)
Clara Florence Davenport (1849-1954) Walter Thomas Davenport (1817-1910)
Mary Elizabeth Frederick (1823-1892)

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