Rutherford County

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Rutherford

Rutherford County is named for Griffith Rutherford, who was an officer in the American Revolutionary War, a political leader in North Carolina and lived from 1721 to 1805.

 

Created:  April 1, 1779

County Seat: 

Joseph Walker Home  1779 – 1784

Gilbertown                   1784 – 1787

Rutherfordton              1787 – present

 

County Courthouse – Rutherfordton

 

Location:  229 North Main Street / 2nd Street

Built:  1925 – 1927

Style:  Renaissance

Architect:  Louis H Ashbury of Charlotte

Contractor:  Southeastern Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story light gray colored limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds and has a wide porch with six large columns rising to a header at the roof line. The entrance is recesses and framed with stone. The recessed second story windows are arched. A stone balustrade runs across the top of the porch and has a clock set above the center. Wide steps descend from the first story. The Courthouse Annex is a one story red colored brick structure located to the north.

 

Note:  The courthouse constructed in 1834, burned in 1907. The previous courthouse was designed by H L Lewman of Louisville, Kentucky and constructed in 1908. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $187,400.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Buncombe County, McDowell County and Burke County 

E – Cleveland County

S – Cherokee County, South Carolina and Spartanburg County, South Carolina

W – Polk County and Henderson County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2012