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Rolesville - A brief history
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The Town of Rolesville is a small town in northeastern Wake County in North Carolina. Wake County is the largest county (by population) in the State of North Carolina and contains the state’s capital city of Raleigh. Rolesville is the second oldest town in Wake County originally incorporated in 1837. Only the City of Raleigh is older than the Town of Rolesville.
Rolesville roots began as a humble farming community of which many large family tracks are still cultivated today. Most of the large family farms in the heart of Rolesville have been developed into residential or commercial subdivisions, allowing Rolesville to become one of the top three fastest growing communities in the state of N.C. every year since 2005.
The Town was named after William H. Roles who was a local land owner, merchant, cotton broker, cotton gin owner, and postmaster. Mr. Roles drew up the map of Rolesville for the town’s first incorporation in 1837 and started the first school in the community. He was among the charter members of Rolesville Baptist Church and also served on the Board of Trustees of the earlier Wake Forest College.
The town was fenced from corner post to corner post. Gates were installed on the two main roads that cross each other in the area that is now known as downtown Rolesville. The town was fenced, not to keep people out but rather to keep animals in. It has been said that the fences were taken down in 1941 when US 401 (North and South Main Streets) was paved. Two of the four original cornerstones of the town limits still stand today.
Farming is still a major component to the community which helps preserve the goal of having a small town atmosphere but being close to the larger city style amenities.
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