Rutherford County

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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.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Buncombe CountyMcDowell County and Burke County 

E – Cleveland County

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

W – Polk County and Henderson County

 

Created:  April 1, 1779                           Map of North Carolina highlighting Rutherford County

County Seat: 

Joseph Walker Home  1779 – 1781

Shepherd’s Creek        1781 – 1785

Rutherfordton              1785 – 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.

 

History:  The first court met at the home of Joseph Walker Home. The first courthouse was a temporary structure erected at Shepherd’s Creek in 1781. The second courthouse was erected at Rutherfordton in 1785. The third courthouse was erected in 1836. And was destroyed by fire on December 24, 1907. The fourth courthouse was designed by H L Lewman and constructed by Falls City Construction in 1907 to 1908. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1925 to 1926..at a cost of $187,400.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Rutherfordton

 

 

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Picture 1908 County Courthouse

 

 

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Commissioner Minuted 1925

 

 

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County Administration – Rutherfordton

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2012