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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Town Seeks New Finance Director .Finance Director- Town of Rutherfordton, population 4,213 is looking is seeking an experienced local government financial management professional who is grounded in the values of public service, ethics, and exceptional customer service, for the performance of financial oversight for the Town. This position is part of the Town's Leadership team with direct responsibility of the Town's financial management operations to include general accounting, payroll, accounts receivable and payable, financial strategies, planning, forecasts, audit preparation, and other general administrative duties. Position supervises one accounting / payroll tech, but also performs multifaceted leadership duties under supervision of the Town Manager. A Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, or business management is required. Preference will be given for Master's degree in accounting, business, public administration or related field as well as certification as a Certified Public Accountant and/or Certified North Carolina Local Government Finance Officer. Must pass a background check and must be bondable. Hiring range: $45,000- $60,000. Salary based on experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package.

Please submit a completed Town of Rutherfordton job application along with confidential resume, letter of interest, salary history, and three (3) professional references to: Finance Director Search c/o Doug Barrick, Town Manager, Town of Rutherfordton, 129 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 By December 23, 2014. For more information click under Employment Opportunities.


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/