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What’s behind the name Maple Hill, NC in Pender County?

What’s behind the name Maple Hill, NC in Pender County?

What’s behind the name Maple Hill, NC in Pender County?

How did this unincorporated rural community located on the Pender/Onslow County line come to be called Maple Hill?

Maple Hill, located in eastern Pender County, is said to have been named for a large grove of maple trees that stood on a hill, two trees that are rare in this typically low-lying area. Additionally, according to the late William S. Powell, a noted North Carolina historian, the area was named for a member of the Ashe family.

Located atop that ridge, it was those trees that served as a landmark for explorers traveling northeast along the Cape Fear River. The maples are no longer on that ridge.

In the early 1980s, Dorothy DeShields was principal of Maple Hill Elementary School. The area educator, who had long worked at the school, passed away in May 2020.

Located on 75 acres in Maple Hill, Carolina Pride Alpacas hosts events showcasing their alpacas.

The community is home to two federally endangered plant species: golden sedge and Cooley’s rue. It is also home to one of the few native habitats of the Venus flytrap.