To our friends, visitors, local businesses and stakeholders- we're all in this together.

To our friends, visitors, local businesses and stakeholders- we're all in this together.

With LoveThe RCTDA continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it relates to our Nation, North Carolina and Rutherford County.Our top priority is always the safety, health, and wellbeing of our community, its residents, and visitors.  We understand that these times are confusing and can be difficult for many.  We encourage you to continue supporting each other and our community's small businesses and ask that you reference individual websites and social media platforms for updates on local businesses and events. At this time and until further notice, our two Welcome Centers are closed and the Tourism Development Authority office is seeing guests by appointment only.  Please call 828.207.6013 or email Taylor at if you have any questions or to make an appointment.

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Rutherfordton, NC

Voted North Carolina's Small Town of the Year by N.C. Rural Center, Rutherfordton was established in 1787.  Once home to Christopher Bechtler, the man who minted America’s first one-dollar gold coin, the Town of Rutherfordton is one of the oldest towns in western North Carolina. With the tagline “A Minted Original,” visitors can mint their own unique experience in Rutherfordton by visiting charming shops that have spanned generations while collecting vintage treasures.

History, hiking, shopping and dining, you can enjoy all of this and more in downtown Rutherfordton.
Explore our historic walking tour of Main Street that includes the Bechtler House, home of Christopher Bechtler and the headquarters of N.C. Gold Trail, as well as the largest remaining cluster of antebellum homes in the southeast region.
Extend your visit and stay at one of the two historic B&B's located downtown close to shopping, trails, diverse food, and drink. Tour the world with dining choices such as Thai, Mexican, Greek, American and Italian all within walking distance of each other. 
No matter what you love to do on vacation, you'll find it all in Rutherfordton.

Don't Miss Stops

Christopher Bechtler House

Known as the home to America's first one-dollar gold coin. The Bechtler house was home to Christopher Bechtler who is credited with minting the first... Find out more

Art Mural Tour

Downtown Historic Walking Tour

Cherry Bounce Trail

Visit Rutherfordton: North Carolina's 2016 "Small Town of the Year"

Town of Rutherfordton - NC Small Town of The Year