Life in Rolesville

Rolesville, the second oldest town in Wake County, is located northeast of Raleigh (approx. 12 miles) at the intersection of U.S. Highway 401 North and Rolesville Road (Young Street). The town was named for an early prominent citizen, William (Billy) Roles, and was originally incorporated in 1837. Roles was a landowner, merchant (his store is the present Meeting Hall and Chamber Office), cotton broker and cotton gin owner, postmaster, deacon and trustee of the Baptist Church. In 1832 he also founded the first local school, the Rolesville Academy.

The early town limits were marked by four cornerstones and enclosed by fencing. Three of these cornerstones remain. Gates were set across each of the four sections of roads. Stagecoaches frequently traveled through the intersection on the northern-southern route from Richmond to Fayetteville. “Roles Half-Way House” in the area was a stage stop and “Roger’s Tavern” provided rest, refreshments and a change of horses. Both of these structures have long since disappeared. Early travelers included French General and Revolutionary hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, his son George Washington Lafayette and his secretary, Le Vasseur, as they traveled to Raleigh, the state capitol, for a celebration on March 2 and 3, 1825.

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Rolesville was incorporated for the second time on February 28, 1941 and the N. C. General Assembly extended the boundaries on March 14, 1945. Since 1903, town officials included a Mayor, Clerk, Treasurer, Tax Collector and a two member Board of Aldermen. The 1941 incorporation changed the officials to a Mayor, Clerk and a five-member Board of Commissioners.

As early as 1961, gradual progress made such municipal services as city water and garbage collection possible. Postal service was established in 1944. Construction was started on the sewer system in the fall of 1992 and was completed in 1994. The system is connected to the City of Raleigh Sewer System. Plans to expand both the water and sewer systems are underway.

A Police Department was added in 1941, with only a Chief of Police position. Today the Police Department provides 24 hour law enforcement services for residents and businesses within the town limits of Rolesville. The department’s main responsibilities include: maintaining order, protecting the public, patrolling the community, responding to calls for service, investigating criminal activity, apprehending criminals involved and auto accidents. The Rolesville Police Department is comprised of 11 sworn Police Officers, 8 Reserve Officers and 1 Administrative Specialist.

Rolesville’s parks and recreation services at one time were provided by a volunteer commission with members from the town and local community. Presently, the Town of Rolesville Parks & Recreation Department administers and provides all recreational services. The volunteer commission is now divided into two advisory boards. The Greater Rolesville Athletic Committee advises in all athletic issues and still volunteers with the programs and the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board advises in all open space and greenway plans. Through partial town funding, grants and fundraisers, services include children and adult athletic programs, art programs and park development. The Town Park is located behind and shared with the Rolesville Elementary School. The joint venture has produced a picnic shelter, three ball fields, and a new concession stand. The Town of Rolesville purchased 35.9 acres in November 2002 for development as a new town park located on South Main Street. Phase I of the Main St. Park was officially opened on September 15th of 2005. Phase II of the Main St. Park opened in August of 2008. In addition Rolesville has Mill Bridge Nature Park with a 200 seat amphitheater along with greenway trails that currently connect with the Wake Forest Parks & Recreation greenways and have future plans to connect with the current greenway tails at Main Street Park.

The Rolesville Rural Fire Department was organized in 1958 with 28 volunteer firemen. Today the Home of Station 15 serves a 35 sq. mile radius with 30 volunteers along with 10 career personnel.

Established July 1, 1995, Rolesville EMS quickly became an integral part of the town of Rolesville and the surrounding community. REMS not only covered Rolesville, but the surrounding communities as well as part of the mutual aid agreement with Wake County. The same quality care given to our town’s citizens was also provided to other communities as well. With more than 30 members and a 24/7 ambulance crew standing by, our response times and level of care provided rivaledl any EMS squad. In 2008, REMS merged with Eastern Wake EMS.

A new elementary school building was constructed in July 1991 on the site of the original 12 grade facility. The new school, located on Highway 401(the town’s Main Street), has received several awards of excellence.

We added a new Middle School which opened 2012 and the largest High School in Wake County which opened in 2013 with a student capacity of 2200.

Thales Academy broke ground for their new High School in Rolesville in 2013. The new $7.5 million facility opened in April, 2014, and grades 6-12 now occupy the 17-acre Rolesville campus. The 52,000-square-foot building is five times the size of the junior high school’s current home and can house 500 students. High schoolers continue the classics curriculum, in which they begin learning Latin in the sixth grade. But unlike most private schools, students aren’t automatically steered toward a four-year college education. Teens who are more interested in technical careers such as mechanical engineering can take classes billed as the Luddy Institute of Technology.

In 1991, the Rolesville businesses joined together to form a non-profit Rolesville Business Association. This group of 31 businesses formed to help promote commercial and civic interest throughout the Rolesville area. Members re-organized as the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce with in 1998 and currently has 190 members.

Rolesville is one of the fastest growing towns in North Carolina. In 1990 we had 577 residents; 2013, we had 4,100 residents and residential development is always under construction.

December 2014 when the Rolesville Bypass was completed, additional accessibility for citizens and businesses was celebrated! We currently have 30,000+ vehicles per day traveling through our Main Street, Hwy. 401.

Rolesville,NC  is a wonderful place for your family to live, work and play … and a profitable location for your business!

Rolesville Resident Information

Police: 24 Hour Police Protection – 919-556-7226 Rolesville Fire Department - Volunteer Department, 919-556-2064 EMS, Rolesville, 919-554-3315



Raleigh-Durham International Airport- Raleigh, 919-840-2123 Triangle North Executive Airport, Louisburg, 919-496-1234


Excellent Education facilities service 3,000+ students. K-5, 6-8, & 9-12 configuration.

Elementary/Middle/High Schools

Sanford Creek Elementary School, Year Round, 919-570-2100, Rolesville Elementary School, Traditional Schedule, 919-554-6303, Rolesville Middle School, Year Round, 919-570-2260, Rolesville High School, Traditional, 919-554-6303, Thales Academy (6-12), Modified Year Round, 919-453-2715,


Rhymes or Reasons, 919-556-5249,


Wake Tech Community College, 6600 Louisburg Rd, Raleigh, NC • (919) 532-5502 Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 222 N Wingate St, Wake Forest, NC • (919) 556-3106 North Carolina State University, 3211 Broughton Hall, Raleigh, NC • (919) 515-2365


Wake Med North, Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, 919-350-8000 Duke Raleigh Hospital, Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, 919-954-3000 Rex, Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, 919-784-3100


PSNC, Gas,, 877-776-2427 The City of Raleigh, Water,, 919-996-3245 Town of Rolesville, Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste, Water and Sewer,, 919-556-3506 Duke Energy, Electricity,, 800-769-3766


Time Warner Cable, Direct TV Dish Network


The Rolesville Buzz News & Observer The Rolesville Times


Wake Forest Library, Wake Forest


Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club, Rolesville (membership required), 919-562-8895


Rolesville Park, playground, shelters, restrooms Millbridge Park, amphitheater, trails with creeks


Rolesville Baptist Church, (919) 556-3654 New Bethel Church, Rolesville, 919-556-5395 Wake Forest United Methodist Church,


Horizon Family Dentistry Laster Orthodontics Wells Family




Purple Poppy


McPherson Eye Care Northwake Eye Care


Rolsville Veterinary Clinic

Rolesville will have additional accessibility for citizens and businesses when the 401- By-Pass is completed in December 2014. We currently have 30,000+ vehicles per day traveling through our Main Street, Hwy. 401.

Rolesville will have additional accessibility for citizens and businesses when the 401- By-Pass is completed in December 2014. We currently have 30,000+ vehicles per day traveling through our Main Street, Hwy. 401.