Historic Houses in Rutherfordton, North Carolina
As the oldest town in Western North Carolina, founded in 1787, Rutherfordton is the county seat of Rutherford County, located in the Carolina Piedmont, and Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Its oldest surving house dates from the 1820’s, but the majority of historic residences were built after the Civil War, and before the 1920’s.
The economy of the county grew around a gold rush of the 1820’s, and later from the timber industry and cotton mills. The railroad played a major role in the growth of mills and lumber. These early homes followed the styles of the American Gothic, Victorian, and Mountain vernacular. All of these examples were built around the core of the village, near the county courthouse.