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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(N.C.G.S. 160A-299)

The Town Council of the Town of Rutherfordton has on this date adopted this Resolution giving notice of its intent to close a public right of way pursuant to N.C.G.S. 160A-299. The Right of Way which the Town intends to close is located off of North Main Street, but does not have direct access to North Main Street, or to any other public right of way (the "Right of Way"). There is currently no road, alley, or other means of travel located within the Right of Way and it is not otherwise in public use. The southern terminus of the Right of Way is at the northern boundary of Rutherford County tax parcel 1615027, and the northern terminus of the Right of Way is at the southern boundary of tax parcel 1211130.

The Town hereby calls for a public hearing to be held on such closure, at which time members of the public may be heard on the question of whether the intended closing would be detrimental to the public interest or the property rights of any individual. The public hearing shall be held at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Rutherfordton Town Council at 5:30 p.m. on August 6, 2014 at the Rutherfordton Town Hall.

This Resolution and Notice shall be published once a week for four successive weeks in advance of such public hearing, shall be prominently posted in at least two locations on the Right of Way, and shall be sent by registered or certified mail to all property owners adjoining the Right of Way according to the Rutherford County tax records.

This 2nd day of July, 2014.

Town Clerk Patricia Hardage

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BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014 - 2015 . The FY 2014-2015 budget for the Town of Rutherfordton was approved by Town Council on June 4. There is a copy available for public inspection at the Town Clerk's office in Town Hall, 129 North Main Street, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm weekdays. You may also view a copy of the line item budget and budget ordinance by clicking on the following link:

FY 14-15 Budget - May 23, 2014

Please note the budget was passed with the full intent of Council and Management to propose significant amendments once additional revenue forecasts are finalized. More information is included in the budget booklet (page "I" and page 8).



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, 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/