September 2017

2-Day Hilltop Fall Festival and Soapbox Derby Race

By | September 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (September 2017):  Get READY, Get SET, and GO to Rutherfordton for a 2-Day Fall Festival Weekend you won't believe. All the actions kicks off Friday night at the annual Soapbox Derby "Race for the Gold".  Cheer on your favorite team as they race down Main St. in a custom built soapbox car of their own engineering. These competitors [...]

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October 2016

Rutherfordton, NC Launches Student Recycling Challenge

By | October 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|

RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (October 26, 2016): RUTHERFORDTON, N.C.  (October 26, 2016): The Town of Rutherfordton is motivating students to recycle by introducing a new and engaging “Recycling Challenge” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to challenge students to not only recycle their trash, but to find creative ways to reuse it. Elementary and middle school-aged children are receiving “Recycling Challenge” program [...]

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2016 NC Small Town of the Year

By | October 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|

RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (October 10, 2016): Rutherfordton, N.C. was named 2016 “Outstanding Small Town of the Year” by the N.C. Rural Center in response to the town’s successful marketing and promotional efforts in 2015. With roughly 4,200 residents, Rutherfordton’s marketing initiatives included development of “A Minted Original” town brand, billboard campaign, marketing collateral, trail guides, street banners, two new websites, and [...]

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August 2016

This Day in History

By | August 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

On August 21, 1987, the blockbuster movie Dirty Dancing was released in theaters across the country. Though set at a resort in the Catskills Mountains of Upstate New York, Dirty Dancing was shot entirely in Virginia and North Carolina. The filming came to the Southeast almost by accident. When the crew began production in September 1986, they found all the [...]

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July 2016

This Day in History

By | July 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

On July 28, 1830, Christopher Bechtler announces to Rutherfordton that his jewelry store is now open for business.  And what a business it was!!  To discover more about Rutherfordton's golden history, visit The Bechtler House

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Rutherfordton, N.C. a Main Street America Community

By | July 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (July 2016): The Town of Rutherfordton in conjunction with Rutherford Town Revitalization (RTR) is pleased to announce that Downtown Rutherfordton as been recognized as an accredited Main Street America by Main Street America This accreditation is an honor for our Downtown and speaks to the efforts of the Town & RTR to renew our Downtown!  Main Street America [...]

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This Day In History

By | July 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

On July 2, 1831, an advertisement appeared promoting gold coins minted by the Bechtlers in Rutherford County. From about 1803 until California’s gold strikes of 1848, North Carolina led the nation in gold production. Gold was a key industry in the state, and about 50 mines were operating in the western part of the state by the 1830s. Christopher Bechtler, [...]

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March 2016

This Day in History

By | March 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|

On Mach 6, 1906 John C. Mills approached the Rutherfordton Town Council with an offer from Dr. and Mrs. Henry Norris to purchase the Rutherford Military Institute property for $1,500.  The town accepted the offer and transfered the deed to the Norrises on April 1st. It has been over 100 years since Dr. and Mrs. Henry Norris and Dr. Montgomery [...]

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February 2016

This Day in History

By | February 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The Wilmington & Charlotte Railroad was incorporated on February 13, 1855.  Its goal was to construct a railroad between Wilmington and Rutherfordton, NC. The company did no construction at all and changed its name to the Wilmington, Charlotte & Rutherford Railroad on November 14, 1855. Construction of the Wilmington, Charlotte & Rutherford Railroad was done in two phases which began [...]

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This Day in History

By | February 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Photo of the (reputed) house of Nancy Hanks Licoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln Among Rutherford County residents, it has been called "one of the most hidden stories of history."  This mystery won't be found in history books, but in oral stories that have been passed down for generations.  Sure, there are embellishments here and there; maybe even a [...]

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