Roaring Gap was established in 1890 as a summer resort by Elkin, North Carolina industrialist Alexander Chatham, one of the founders of the Chatham Manufacturing Company. The community derives its name from the noise the wind makes when rushing through the mountains located here. (Powell 1968, p. 418). Roaring Gap has 3 Golf and Country Clubs in its area. YMCA Camp Cheerio, which is owned by the YMCA in High Point, NC; is also in Roaring Gap and is one of the largest and most popular overnight summer camps in the state.