02/21/09 170 W, 1 I - + 11 - 25 Map of Rhamkatte, 1944

This interesting map appeared in the March 5, 1944, edition of the News & Observer. It highlights the Rhamkatte community southwest of Raleigh, and may be a proposed addition to a North Carolina Highway Map. Other features on the map including the Village of Caraleigh, the State Hospital, and Yates Pond. Rhamkatte was a farming community located in the Swift Creek Township. It's said to be named after a military road, purportedly built by militia serving under Governor William Tryon (1765-1771). The road's name was a corrupted version of Ramsgate. The earliest recorded name for the road is Ramcat in the 1860s, which became Rhamkatte or Rham Katte by the 1870s.1 Click once or twice to enlarge:


1See the notes on Page 53 of Wake: Captial County of North Carolina, Volume I by Elizabeth Reid Murray, and pages 692 and 693 of Wake: Captial County of North Carolina, Volume II by K. Todd Johnson and Elizabeth Reid Murray for more information.

Rhamkatte Rd looks like Lake Wheeler Rd????
H20 - 02/21/09 - 19:57

Here’s today’s map, for comparison: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=raleigh+nc..
Legeros - 02/21/09 - 22:35

It looks like what are now parts of both Lake Wheeler Road and Tryon Road used to be Rhamkatte Road.

I’ve been around here for a while and remember when a stretch of what is now Tryon Road used to be called Rhamkatte Road, and in fact many years later when they rebuilt the US 1/64 and Tryon Road intersection in Cary for a very short period of time they put up a sign on US 1 saying Rhamkatte Road was at that exit.

Also, I don’t know how accurate it is but there is a mural at the Farmers Market Restaurant showing a country scene many years ago, there is a road sign identifying the road as Rhamkatte Road.
Jeffrey DeWitt (Email) (Web Site) - 06/21/09 - 18:59

The Carolinian Newspaper in Raleigh used to have a section on news from Rhamkatte many years ago.
Steven Worthy - 11/10/10 - 17:20

Thanks for posting this. My family is from Macedonia (Walnut st and Tryon rd). My grandparents, who are in their 90’s talk about Rhamkatte.
Mike Brown (Email) - 05/02/20 - 14:45

I am doing some research as part of the Walnut Creek Restoration Plan and I still notice that Rhamkatte is showing up on background maps. Is the name still in use? Are there any neighborhood organizations that may want to be involved in the restoration planning process? NCSU and Dix are part of the planning team but it would be great to have some neighborhood groups as well. Great info on the history here.
Campbell (Email) - 06/24/20 - 23:10

Hi, my family on my moms side of the family was born and raised here in Rhamkatte. I still live out here learning more about this place.
Chrystal Vaval - 11/24/20 - 00:45

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