The community of Richmond Hill is named for the residence of the same name of Richmond Mumford Pearson, former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Pearson established a law school in his home at Richmond Hill in 1848, which was conveniently near Rockford, then the county seat of a then combined Surry and Yadkin counties. The brick home of Pearson, built in 1861, was fully restored in the 1970s and is the centerpiece of the 30-acre (120,000 m2) Richmond Hill Law School & Nature Park.
Richmond Hill Baptist, established in 1889, is also in the community.
The community is also home to New Creation Monastery, founded in 1994 by Father John Hoover, a former parish priest who lives as a Benedictine monk.