Established in 1787, Rutherfordton is among the oldest towns in western North Carolina and is the seat of the oldest continuous government in the region.  Steeped in history since the Revolutionary War, this Town has managed to keep its “old time” charm while progressing into the 21st  century.  From the cluster of antebellum houses in the historic district at the north end of Town to the fiber optic hub on the south end, this Town spans centuries.

Downtown Rutherfordton is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district and is a beautiful representation of rural western North Carolina small towns.  Situated on ridges, its elevations offer great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its location in the Isothermal Belt means mild weather and outstanding beauty in four distinct seasons. 

Today, we are known within the region for our unrivaled quality of life, the beauty of our place, and our pride in our community. We provide a wealth of cultural and creative arts more commonly found in a large city, and an abundance of outdoor recreation activities found only in more rural places. Our downtown is the heart of activity and energy in our community, where new discoveries are made every day.

Perhaps our most unique claim is our singular place in the North Carolina gold rush, where an inventive spirit minted the first $1 gold coins in the United States. Bechtler minted over $2 million in gold coins, and while continually inspected by federal authorities, the coins were always found to be of exceptional quality and purity, far exceeding federal standards for US mints.

That purity and creative energy that was cast early in Rutherfordton history, is alive and well in the community today. Whether it is spirit of enterprise found in our independent downtown businesses, the rush of creativity evident in our cultural offerings, or the inventive fever being forged in our young minds, Rutherfordton continues to mint a quality of life that is the gold standard for Western North Carolina


News and Events:

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COME JOIN OUR TEAM The Rutherfordton Police Department is currently seeking candidates for the position of police officer. Minimum requirements include High School Diploma, a valid North Carolina drivers license, and North Carolina BLET certification required. Candidates must pass a stringent background check, a physical (including drug screening). College degree, prior law enforcement or prior military preferred but not required.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, ethical; team oriented and dedicated to the principals of community oriented policing. The officer will be required to perform any legal task assigned to the officer by the Police Chief. New hires will be required to complete a one (1) year probationary period.

Application packet available at the Rutherfordton Town Hall, 129 North Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC 28139, Monday thru Friday 8:00 am until 5:00 pm or send a letter of request. Position open until filled. EOE

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The Town encourages recycling and is providing Containers for each taxpayer. Recycling is good for The environment and helps prevent litter. It reduces The Towns cost of garbage disposal as cost per ton for waste going to the landfill increases. About 80% of your trash is recyclable! Placing the Container for Collection Your recycling container should be placed on the curb for collection no later than 7:30 a.m. on your collection day. Please do not block sidewalks, driveways, etc. with recycling container. The emptied recycling container should then be removed from the right of way no later than midnight on the day of collection. The Town will only accept recycle items which are placed in a Town recycling container. To obtain a Town recycling bin or container, please call the Public Works Department at 287-5961 for information.

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Please recycle the following items:
- Newspaper and all inserts - Gable-top paper cartons. Example milk cartons
- White paper and office paper - Magazines, catalogs and mail
- Aluminum food and beverage containers - Aseptic juice cartons
- Steel/Tin food cans - All Glass food and beverage containers
- Telephone books - Corrugated cardboard
- Paperboard, cereal boxes, shoeboxes, pizza boxes - Paperback and hardbound books
- All plastics #1-7 - All other mixed paper

For more information about recycling outside the Town limits and throughout the County, please visit www.WeSortForYou.com



Town Council:

Town Council Meetings. Regular Town Council meetings are the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall ( 129 N. Main St). The Public is welcome. An agenda will be posted a few days prior to the meeting. To view the agenda, click on the "agenda and minutes" button in the left margin of this page.


This website covers some of the most requested topics and information about the Town.  The objective is to provide accurate, relevant, and up-to-date information of public interest in a convenient format. 

If there is information you’d like to see or have any additional questions, please e-mail us at info@rutherfordton.net.  If you would like to contact a specific department click here for contact information.


Town Hall, Rutherfordton, NC

Town Hall 
129 N. Main St.
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
(828) 287-3520

Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Prime Downtown Office Space Available in the recently renovated Woodrow Jones Building at 146 N. Main St in downtown Rutherfordton. Offices from 130-270 sq. ft. reasonably priced, $175-$350 per month. Great for small office or entrepreneurs. Access to large meeting rooms & Internet available. Call Town Hall at 828-287-3520.


Crestview Park Use Policy and Fee Schedule. Please click here to review the policy regarding rentals, reservations, and approved park uses.




The FY July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 budget is available on line.. The approved budget is now available. To view a copy, click on the

FY 14-15 Budget


The FY July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 annual financial report is available on line. . To view a copy, click on the

FY 12-13 Financial Report



Used Vehicle And Equipment Auction:   Visit GOVDEALS.COM and search "Rutherfordton" to view items currently available through auction.

For additional events, visit www.rutherfordtown.com, www.rutherfordevents.com and www.rutherfordtourism.com.


Rutherford Town Revitalization www.rutherfordtown.com
Rutherford County www.rutherfordcountync.gov
Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority www.rutherfordtourism.com
Rutherford County Economic Development www.rutherfordncedc.com
Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce www.rutherfordcoc.org
Rutherford County Schools www.rcsnc.org
Broad River Water Authority www.NCBRWA.com
Duke Energy www.duke-energy.com
Division of Motor Vehicles www.ncdot.org/DMV
Isothermal Community College Small Business Center http://www.isothermal.edu/small-business/