North Carolina-Hoke County-June 8

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-June 8

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Hoke County was formed in 1911 being carved out of Robeson and Cumberland County. It’s county seat is Raeford.

A map of Hoke County can be found below outlined in red.


You hear a lot about generals from the Civil War-Grant-Lee-Sherman and Hoke derives it’s name from Robert Hoke a general in the confederate army. A photo of Robert Hoke is below.


As I have learned in my quest for new knowledge about North Carolina counties Robert Hoke was not from this part of the state. He was born in Lincolnton, NC. which is located near Charlotte some 125 miles away.

One interesting quirk about Hoke was that his dad Michael ran for governor pre-civil war in 1844 and lost. He died shortly after that. His son Robert was offered the same opportunity to run for governor after the Civil War and turned it down.

After the war in 1869 Robert Hoke married into a prominent New York family the Van Wyck’s. He married Lydia Van Wyck whose brother was Robert Van Wyck and served as mayor of New York City from 1898-1901. He was the first mayor of New York after all five boroughs consolidated.

Mayor Van Wyck


For those that know some of the quirks about New York City there are a few legacies left to honor Robert Van Wyck. You have the Van Wyck Expressway which is one of the main arteries to reach JFK Airport. Also the Jamaica Van Wyck Subway Station in the Queens that serves the E Line.


Never knew that Hoke County namesake Robert Hoke and New York City were connected.


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