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. 


News and Events:

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RUTHERFORDTON TOWN COUNCIL TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING .NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Rutherfordton Town Council will conduct a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on the 4th day of February 2015, at the Rutherfordton Town Hall located at 129 N Main Street. The hearing will be held during the regularly scheduled Rutherfordton Council meeting The purpose of the public hearing is to consider proposed text amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance, to allow breweries, micro-breweries, distillerys, micro-distillery, wineries, micro-winerys & brew pubs. The proposed amendments are on file at the Town Hall during regular business hours. All persons interested in this matter should appear before the Board at said time and place for the purpose of expressing their views in regard to this issue. For more information please contact Town Hall at 828-287-3520 .

STEP Committee to hold a "Moving Forward" Meeting .The citizens of Rutherfordton can be extremely proud of the tireless efforts being made to promote the town of Rutherfordton as more than a place; it is the collective energy and commitment of all its citizens expressing what it means to be "small town friendly". Once again, Rutherfordton is calling upon the community to provide valuable information to the marketing team. STEP needs your input; please plan on attending the "moving forward" discussion on February 5 th, 6:00 p.m. at Rumour Has It on main street, Rutherfordton. If you can be in attendance; please e mail info@rutherfordcoc.org or call 828-287-3090. for more information click here http://t.co/QiWxOaslW8 .


Due to the variations in the number of homes participating each week in recycling, the actual time it takes to collect recycling and when it will be collected can vary. To help facilitate more consistent collection times, recycling will be split over two days. The majority of the Town will remain on Wednesday collections, but the Forest Hills subdivision will have recycling collected on Thursdays beginning May 22, 2014. Please continue to have all recycling on the curb by 7:30 a.m. on collection day.

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/