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Rutherfordton - A Minted Original

Voted North Carolina's Small Town of the Year by the 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.

KidSenses Children's Interactive Museum

KidSenses Children's Interactive Museum is a fun, educational and interactive hands on learning center located in downtown Rutherfordton offering hours of play and exploration in a safe,...

Add a little “F.U.N.C.” to your visit and jam out to live, local music every first Friday (May — Oct.)
with “Fridays UNplugged on Central.” Enjoy a 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.

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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

Main Street Kids Safari

Purple Martin Greenway

Downtown Historic Walking Tour