Contrary to what some people may think, Rose Bud was not named for the immortal last line in Orson Well's classic film “Citizen Kane” though that probably is the most famous usage of the word. According to Ernie Deane's Arkansas Place Names, the tiny community was named by the first postmaster, William Hill. He lived there with his mother and sister and when a post office was approved, his sister reportedly suggested the name Rose Bud because of a bush in their yard that was full of buds. Though the town is small population-wise at approximately 500 people, it is the second largest by area in White County. The community is located in the northwest corner of the county in the foothills of the Arkansas Ozark Mountains.
Outdoor activities are close-by at Greers Ferry Lake, just over the county line in Cleburne County. In White County the Henry Gray/Hurricane Lake Wildlife Management Area, operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, preserves 17,000 acres of the region's wildlife habitat and is a popular wintering spot for waterfowl. Fishing is the main attraction with the 11 fishable lakes offering black bass, crappie and bream. Greers Ferry Lake is one of the state's most heavily used reservoirs. All types of water sports and outdoor activities can be found in the area, which is approximately 15 miles north of Rose Bud.
The town is rapidly becoming known in the state as a place to find terrific coffee. The RoZark Hills Roasterie, Inc. roasts and grinds its own beans and has eight signature blends not including espresso. The company imports beans from every coffee growing area of the world. The products are available at stores around the state.