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The Town of Rolesville, N.C.

Rolesville is a municipality situated within the northeastern portion of Wake County, North Carolina. Rolesville is a municipal town charter. Rolesville is the second oldest municipality within Wake County, behind the City of Raleigh. The annual climate of Rolesville would be best depicted as moderate. 

The Early History of Rolesville and the Surrounding Area

Rolesville, for the majority of its history, has been a rural farming community. The community is named for a former postmaster and landowner, William H. Roles. William Roles owned a general store called Roles Store and it housed the first post office that opened on February 25, 1825. The post office was in operation under the name “Roles Store” until February 19, 1835. On February 19, 1835, the name of the post office was changed to Rolesville. William Roles was the postmaster. Roles original general store was the town’s meeting hall up until recent years. 

As the United States developed with the homesteading of settlers, some settlements just “sprang up.” Settlements seemed to just spring up along old Native American trails adjacent to river fords, mountain passes, railroad stops. Many times, these settlements did not have official names. It was common for a settlement to be known or named after a natural element found in the area or after the founding family’s last name. It was also just as common for a settlement to be named after the postmaster, especially if the mail being delivered needed a delivery location such as “Roles Store.” Many times, this would develop into the name of the community. 

In the early days of the United States Post Office Department, it was common that mail was processed and moved by third parties from pickup to delivery. The United States Post Office Department would enter into a contract with a party in a community to accept and deliver mail on behalf of the United States Post Office Department. This party would have the title of postmaster or postmistress. 

Between the late 1700s and early 1900s, this third party would usually be the owner of a general store or general merchandise store in a community. The United States Post Office Department would seek to establish a post office within these general stores because they were typically located in population centers. General stores were typically frequented by the population. Vice versa, the third-party owners of these general stores would eagerly seek out a post office contract because of the added consumer traffic it would produce to their store and the additional compensation generated from operating the post office. A great many towns and cities sprang up around general stores with post offices inside.

Along with owning a general store and being postmaster, William H. Roles was also a cotton broker and operated a cotton gin. Roles drafted the map for the town’s charter. In 1835, Roles drew up the yet unincorporated town of Rolesville in 30 lots with a “Market Square” in the center. The lots faced the two main roads that crossed the center of the settlement, the Louisburg-Raleigh Road or the Old Stagecoach Road and the Smithfield Oxford Road. At the time of the founding, Rolesville was 15 miles from Raleigh and 15 miles from Louisburg on the main stage line from Washington, DC to Charleston, South Carolina.  

Roles started the settlement’s first school. He was also a deacon and trustee of the Baptist Church. Agriculture was the basis of the early economy as it was through most of the 20th century. Cultivating cotton was the primary crop in the area from the early 1800s through the late 1800s. 

Rolesville Data and other Interesting Points

  • Rolesville’s population, per the 2020 United States Census, was calculated to be 9,475. This is a 150.26 percent population growth increase since the 2010 United States Census. Rolesville’s population, per the 2010 United States Census, was calculated to be 3,786. This was a 317.42 percent population growth increase since the 2000 United States Census. Rolesville’s population, per the 2000 United States Census, was calculated to only be 907.
  • Rolesville’s first census was in 1880, and the population of Rolesville, per the 1880 United States Census, was calculated to be 115. 
  • Per Google Earth Location or Coordinates of Rolesville – Latitude: 35°55′23.75″ N, Longitude: 78°27′27.00″ W
  • Rolesville’s Elevation above sea level is 443 feet per Google Earth for the coordinates noted above.
  • Rolesville was first incorporated by the North Carolina General Assembly on January 18, 1837.
  • Rolesville was re-incorporated by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1941.
  • Within North Carolina, Rolesville is the 97th largest municipality in the state.
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, as of 2012, Rolesville had 487 total businesses or firms within the town limits.  
  • According to the United States Census Bureau in 2010, the land area of Rolesville was 3.93 square miles.  
  • Rolesville’s population per square mile was 962.5, per the United States Census Bureau for 2010. 
  • Per the United States Census Bureau 2015-2019, in 2019 dollars, Rolesville’s median household income was $119,615.
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, 2015-2019, there were 2,204 households within the town limits of Rolesville.
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, 2015-2019, there were 3.4 persons per household within the town limits of Rolesville.
  • As of 2019, per the United States Census, the median value of an owner-occupied housing unit within Rolesville was $316,200.  
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, 95.3 percent of Rolesville’s population who are 25 years of age or older are high school graduates.   
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, 52.3 percent of Rolesville’s population who are 25 years of age or older hold a bachelor’s degree or have obtained a higher level of education.   
  • Rolesville and Wake County had a long disagreement over ambulance service.
  • Rolesville and Raleigh have had a long disagreement over water rights.
  • In the early 2000s, Rolesville and Raleigh fought about extending water lines into the Little River Reservoir watershed to a subdivision outside town limits. Raleigh had an issue with the construction of water and sewer lines in the watershed and opposed connecting the water lines.
  • The first recorded landowner in the future Rolesville area of European descent was John Mitchell. He was given a land grant in 1745. 
  • The Dr. Lawrence Branch Young House, the Green-Hartsfield House, and the Heartsfield-Perry Farm are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The area code for Rolesville is 919.
  • The ZIP code for Rolesville is 27571.

Rolesville’s Historical population per the United States Census Bureau 

Census Pop.

1880 115

1890 150

1900 155

1910 170

1950 288

1960 358

1970 533

1980 381

1990 572

2000 907

2010 3,786

2020   9,475

rolesville nc


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The Town of Rolesville, N.C.

Rolesville is a municipality situated within the northeastern portion of Wake County, North Carolina. Rolesville is a municipal town charter. Rolesville is the second oldest municipality within Wake County, behind the City of Raleigh. The annual climate of Rolesville would be best depicted as moderate. 

The Early History of Rolesville and the Surrounding Area

Rolesville, for the majority of its history, has been a rural farming community. The community is named for a former postmaster and landowner, William H. Roles. William Roles owned a general store called Roles Store and it housed the first post office that opened on February 25, 1825. The post office was in operation under the name “Roles Store” until February 19, 1835. On February 19, 1835, the name of the post office was changed to Rolesville. William Roles was the postmaster. Roles original general store was the town’s meeting hall up until recent years. 

As the United States developed with the homesteading of settlers, some settlements just “sprang up.” Settlements seemed to just spring up along old Native American trails adjacent to river fords, mountain passes, railroad stops. Many times, these settlements did not have official names. It was common for a settlement to be known or named after a natural element found in the area or after the founding family’s last name. It was also just as common for a settlement to be named after the postmaster, especially if the mail being delivered needed a delivery location such as “Roles Store.” Many times, this would develop into the name of the community. 

In the early days of the United States Post Office Department, it was common that mail was processed and moved by third parties from pickup to delivery. The United States Post Office Department would enter into a contract with a party in a community to accept and deliver mail on behalf of the United States Post Office Department. This party would have the title of postmaster or postmistress. 

Between the late 1700s and early 1900s, this third party would usually be the owner of a general store or general merchandise store in a community. The United States Post Office Department would seek to establish a post office within these general stores because they were typically located in population centers. General stores were typically frequented by the population. Vice versa, the third-party owners of these general stores would eagerly seek out a post office contract because of the added consumer traffic it would produce to their store and the additional compensation generated from operating the post office. A great many towns and cities sprang up around general stores with post offices inside.

Along with owning a general store and being postmaster, William H. Roles was also a cotton broker and operated a cotton gin. Roles drafted the map for the town’s charter. In 1835, Roles drew up the yet unincorporated town of Rolesville in 30 lots with a “Market Square” in the center. The lots faced the two main roads that crossed the center of the settlement, the Louisburg-Raleigh Road or the Old Stagecoach Road and the Smithfield Oxford Road. At the time of the founding, Rolesville was 15 miles from Raleigh and 15 miles from Louisburg on the main stage line from Washington, DC to Charleston, South Carolina.  

Roles started the settlement’s first school. He was also a deacon and trustee of the Baptist Church. Agriculture was the basis of the early economy as it was through most of the 20th century. Cultivating cotton was the primary crop in the area from the early 1800s through the late 1800s. 

Rolesville Data and other Interesting Points

  • Rolesville’s population, per the 2020 United States Census, was calculated to be 9,475. This is a 150.26 percent population growth increase since the 2010 United States Census. Rolesville’s population, per the 2010 United States Census, was calculated to be 3,786. This was a 317.42 percent population growth increase since the 2000 United States Census. Rolesville’s population, per the 2000 United States Census, was calculated to only be 907.
  • Rolesville’s first census was in 1880, and the population of Rolesville, per the 1880 United States Census, was calculated to be 115. 
  • Per Google Earth Location or Coordinates of Rolesville – Latitude: 35°55′23.75″ N, Longitude: 78°27′27.00″ W
  • Rolesville’s Elevation above sea level is 443 feet per Google Earth for the coordinates noted above.
  • Rolesville was first incorporated by the North Carolina General Assembly on January 18, 1837.
  • Rolesville was re-incorporated by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1941.
  • Within North Carolina, Rolesville is the 97th largest municipality in the state.
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, as of 2012, Rolesville had 487 total businesses or firms within the town limits.  
  • According to the United States Census Bureau in 2010, the land area of Rolesville was 3.93 square miles.  
  • Rolesville’s population per square mile was 962.5, per the United States Census Bureau for 2010. 
  • Per the United States Census Bureau 2015-2019, in 2019 dollars, Rolesville’s median household income was $119,615.
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, 2015-2019, there were 2,204 households within the town limits of Rolesville.
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, 2015-2019, there were 3.4 persons per household within the town limits of Rolesville.
  • As of 2019, per the United States Census, the median value of an owner-occupied housing unit within Rolesville was $316,200.  
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, 95.3 percent of Rolesville’s population who are 25 years of age or older are high school graduates.   
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, 52.3 percent of Rolesville’s population who are 25 years of age or older hold a bachelor’s degree or have obtained a higher level of education.   
  • Rolesville and Wake County had a long disagreement over ambulance service.
  • Rolesville and Raleigh have had a long disagreement over water rights.
  • In the early 2000s, Rolesville and Raleigh fought about extending water lines into the Little River Reservoir watershed to a subdivision outside town limits. Raleigh had an issue with the construction of water and sewer lines in the watershed and opposed connecting the water lines.
  • The first recorded landowner in the future Rolesville area of European descent was John Mitchell. He was given a land grant in 1745. 
  • The Dr. Lawrence Branch Young House, the Green-Hartsfield House, and the Heartsfield-Perry Farm are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The area code for Rolesville is 919.
  • The ZIP code for Rolesville is 27571.

Rolesville’s Historical population per the United States Census Bureau 

Census Pop.

1880 115

1890 150

1900 155

1910 170

1950 288

1960 358

1970 533

1980 381

1990 572

2000 907

2010 3,786

2020   9,475

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