She loves telling visitors about the rich coal mining history of the area and recent restoration projects.
She was named a West Virginia History Hero in 2011 through the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
In 2003 she was instrumental in the formation of the Gulf Preservation Authority, founded to unite communities in an effort to preserve the history of the Winding Gulf coalfield in southern West Virginia.
"A group decided we needed to develop the Winding Gulf into a tourist area," she said. "We first met in a blizzard with about 50 people. People started working on coal camps to clean them up. They cleaned streams, rubbish and rebuilt homes."
She was also part of the effort that placed Sophia on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
Other projects have included restoration of Main Street in Sophia and renovation of an historic Boy Scout cabin built around 1937 by members of Boy Scout Troop 75. The cabin was empty, covered with brush and in danger of demolition. Members of the Gulf Preservation Authority began raising funds to move it from W.Va. 16 to the site of the old Sophia Elementary School.
"People volunteered time and took that building apart and numbered the logs," said Rose, who added the project took several years and met final approval in October 2011.
Rose immediately found a scout leader and Troop 75 was reformed.
The scouts traveled to the nation's capital in October 2012 when they had the honor of placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.
Rose noted the honor was bestowed upon the scouts because so many previous members served their country in the military. At the Vietnam Memorial, the scouts made rubbings of the names of former troop members who died in that war and displayed the names in the Boy Scout cabin in Sophia.
Rose is excited about a group's efforts to revitalize the old Sophia High School as offices for businesses.
Ask around town and folks will tell you that Rose is the town historian with these and plenty of other stories to relate about Sophia, the town she loves.
"They come here and I tell them what I know," she said. "It's a wonderful story. It's a wonderful life."
The Unique Antique and Mercantile is located at 108 Main St. in Sophia. For more information, email Rose at rrpjr...@yahoo.net or call 304-673-0951.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.