Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Rutherfordton offers small town charm while providing easy access to several metropolitan areas and the new Tryon International Equestrian Center. From the cluster of antebellum homes in our historic district to our fiber optic hub on Main Street, the town maintains a balance between modern and traditional life. Our Main Street is home to yearly festivals such as Mayfest Arts and Crafts Festival and the hilltop Fall Festival, as well as the popular KidSenses Children's Interactive Museum. Rutherfordton is also the site of the Bechtler Mint, the first mint to produce $1 gold coins in the United States. Whether you are looking for a place to live or visit, we invite you to come see how our proud heritage, active community, and small town friendliness combine to make Rutherfordton a minted original.
In recognition of their commitment to innovative economic development efforts, their dedication to making Rutherfordton a great small town and their work to market and promote their town, Rutherfordton has been named the 2016 Outstanding Small Town. The award was presented during a ceremony at the N.C. Rural Center’s Rural Assembly on Sept. 26th in Raleigh. More than a dozen citizens from the town attended.
As part of the Town-Wide Enhanced Recycling Program, all recyclable materials can now be co-mingled in your new blue cans . Nearly 80% of your trash can be recycled! For a list of items that can not be recycled, please click here. Please remember to have your recycling on the curb by 7:30AM on your pick up day!