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. 


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As part of the County-Wide Enhanced Recycling Program, all recyclable materials can be co-mingled. This will allow the Town's curbside collection to be more efficient by using its garbage trucks to collect recycling (don't worry - it still is being recycled and not thrown in the dump!). PLEASE HAVE ALL RECYCLING ON THE CURB BY 7:30 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING! Previously, some citizens had recycling collections on Thursday, but under the new program all collections should be able to be completed in one day (under normal circumstances).

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:


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Special Meeting of the Rutherfordton Town Council will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Town Hall, located at 129 N. Main Street in Rutherfordton, for the following purposes:

1. To hold a public hearing pursuant to N.C.G.S. 158-7.1(c) to receive comment from the public on a proposed Economic Development Agreement with Trelleborg Coated Systems US, Inc. ("Trelleborg").

2. To consider the approval of an Economic Development Agreement with Trelleborg pursuant to N.C.G.S. 158-7.1, whereby the Town of Rutherfordton (the "Town") would make certain economic development incentive grants to Trelleborg, including the appropriation of funds from the Town to Trelleborg, contingent upon the satisfaction of certain requirements and benchmarks for job creation, and real and personal property capital investment.

The public is invited to be present for this important meeting. Copies of the proposed Economic Development Agreement will be available for inspection at the Rutherfordton Town Hall on the day of the special meeting.


Budget Workshops

Town Council and Staff will hold budget workshops on Monday, May 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, May 20th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Workshops will be held in the Council Room at the Rutherfordton Town Hall, located at 129 N. Main Street in Rutherfordton .


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, 2013 to June 30, 2014 budget is available on line.. The approved budget is now available. To view a copy, click on the

FY 13-14 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/