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
Joseph Walker Home 1779 – 1784
Gilbertown 1784 – 1787
Rutherfordton 1787 – present
County Courthouse – Rutherfordton
Location: 229 North Main Street / 2nd Street
Built: 1925 – 1927
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.
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Photos taken 2008 and 2012