Rose Hill is located in southwestern Duplin County and is served by CSX Transportation, Inc, US Highway 117, Interstate 40 and a network of secondary roads. It is 45 miles north of Wilmington, 45 miles south of Goldsboro, 85 miles southeast of Raleigh and 60 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Rose Hill lies on the crest of the divide between the northeast Cape Fear River watershed and the Black River watershed and is from 94 to 108 feet above sea level.
Rose Hill had its beginning in 1840 processing naval supplies
such as pitch and lumber, following the building of North Carolina's
first railroad. Originally located about a mile south of the present
town, it was named Rosemary because of the stand of rosemary pine
trees which grew abundantly in the area. For the past thirty years,
a tremendous growth in the processing and production of poultry
and pork has contributed to the economy and well-being of the community.
The town and adjacent area of Rose Hill are served by a well-equipped
volunteer fire department and rescue service. Four deep wells provide
an almost unlimited supply of pure underground water. A new waste
treatment plant completed in 1985 has a design capacity of 450,000
gallons per day. Telephone service is provided by Sprint. Electrical
service is provided by Progress Energy and Four County Electric
Public schools are excellent and staffed with well-qualified teachers.
Schools in the area include Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary (K-5),
one of the most modern elementary schools in the state; Charity
Middle School (6-8); and Wallace-Rose Hill High School (9-12). These
schools are located within two to five miles of Rose Hill. There
are also several private schools in the area. James Sprunt Community
College, which is located in the county seat, provides comprehensive
training in vocational, technical and general education. Several
other colleges and universities are located within an hour drive.
Rose Hill also supports Rose Hill Memorial Library, which houses
5,743 volumes and the Duplin County Historical Society Library,
which boasts over 6,300 volumes.
In addition to being served by the railroad and a network of highways, transportation services such as Greyhound, Trailways and United Parcel Service are available. Two airports located within the county accommodate private aircraft. Charter flights, as well as commercial service by US Air, American and United Airlines, are available within a 40-mile radius.
Medical services are provided by three physicians and one dentist. Duplin General Hospital, a modern well-equipped facility, is located just 15 minutes away in Kenansville.
The town of Rose Hill's Recreation Program sponsors 25 boys and
girls teams and provides two lighted tennis courts and four lighted
athletic fields. Magnolia Country Club is located within a 5 mile
radius of Rose Hill and offers a 19-hole golf course and swimming
Rose Hill is the headquarters of Murphy Farms. Rose Hill is also the home of Nash Johnson and Sons Farms, Inc. (poultry), House of Raeford (poultry) and Duplin Wine Cellars.
For more information on the town of Rose Hill, go to www.rosehill-nc.org/