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Rutherford County was formed in 1779 and was named for Brigadier General Griffith Rutherford. He had led a campaign against the Cherokee in 1776 and was in the Revolutionary War. In 1791 parts of Rutherford were used to form Buncombe County. Further land was used to create Lincoln and Cleveland Counties as well as McDowell, and Polk Counties.

The county seat of Rutherford County is Rutherfordton. The county is divided into the following townships: Camp Creek, Chimney Rock, Colfax, Cool Spring, Duncans Creek, Gilkey, Golden Valley, Green Hill, High Shoals, Logan Store, Morgan, Rutherfordton, Sulphur Springs, and Union.

Notable sites in Rutherford County are Lake Lure (Filming location of parts of the movie Dirty Dancing) and Chimney Rock (now a State Park) where parts of the 1990′s movie Last of the Mohican’s was filmed. (Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeline Stowe and Wes Studi had prominent roles in the film.)

Rutherford County Genealogy Resources

Rutherford County NCGenWeb

Rutherford County NCGenWeb Archives

Rutherford County Genealogy Site (at rootsweb)

Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County
P.O. Box 938
Forest City, NC 28043

Broad River Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2261
Shelby, NC 28150-2261
(covers Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Henderson and Rutherford Counties in NC, and a few SC counties)

Rutherford County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1044
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

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Rutherford County Government

Rutherford County Government – Official site
Rutherford County Register of Deeds
229 N. Main St.
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Mailing: PO BOX 551
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Phone: 828-287-6155
or 828-287-6195
Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm M-F

Rutherford County Library
Hours
Monday – Friday 9am – 5:30pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm
Phone
(828)287-6115
Address
255 Callahan Koon Road
Spindale, NC 28160
FAX
(828)287-6119

Haynes Branch
Hours
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 12pm
Phone
(828)657-9110
Address
141 N. Main Street, Suite 110
Henrietta, NC 28076
FAX
(828)657-5278

Mountains Branch
Hours
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 12pm
Phone
(828)625-0456
Address
150 Bill’s Creek Road
Lake Lure, NC 28746

Cities and Towns:

* Alexander Mills (merged with Forest City)
* Bostic
* Chimney Rock
* Ellenboro
* Forest City
* Lake Lure
* Ruth
* Rutherfordton
* Spindale

Townships:

Camp Creek
Chimney Rock
Colfax
Cool Spring
Duncans Creek
Gilkey
Golden Valley
Green Hill
High Shoals
Logan Store
Morgan
Rutherfordton
Sulphur Springs
Union

Tax Records

1782 Rutherford County Tax List (1782.txt) (53.3 KB)

Census

1790 Federal Census Index

1800 Federal Census Index

1810 Federal Census Index – A-K

1810 Federal Census Index – L-Z

1820 Federal Census Index

1830 Federal Census Index – A-K

1830 Federal Census Index – L-Z

1840 Federal Census Index – A-K

1840 Federal Census Index – L-Z

1850 Federal Census Index – A-F

1850 Federal Census Index – G-M

1850 Federal Census Index – N-Z

1860 Federal Census Transcription

1870 Federal Census Index

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Rutherford County

Cemetery Transcriptions – part 1
Cemetery Transcriptions – part 2

Query Forums

Rutherford County, NC Query Forum

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Investigation ongoing after early morning fatal crash involving a car & a log truck – WLOS

Investigation ongoing after early morning fatal crash involving a car & a log truck  WLOS

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol confirms one person was killed early Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, morning when a log truck pulled out in from of an …




Investigation after fatal Rutherford County crash continues – WLOS

Investigation after fatal Rutherford County crash continues  WLOS

Authorities continue to investigate a fatal crash in Rutherford County that happened Monday morning. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the …




1 arrested, 1 sought after assault, robbery in Rutherford Co. – WSPA 7News

1 arrested, 1 sought after assault, robbery in Rutherford Co.  WSPA 7News

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said one of two people wanted following an assault and robbery earlier this month has been arrested in Florida.




Update: Rutherford County authorities say missing teen has been found – WLOS

Update: Rutherford County authorities say missing teen has been found  WLOS

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, UPDATE:Alicia Early has been located. . PREVIOUS COVERAGE. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding a …




Woman who lost almost $100000 in home-buying scam gets money back – WLOS

Woman who lost almost $100000 in home-buying scam gets money back  WLOS

A Rutherford County woman who fell victim to a home-buying scam was finally able to get her money back. WLOS. It was the perfect home, complete with a white …




2 women facing drug charges following traffic stop in Rutherford Co. – WSPA 7News

2 women facing drug charges following traffic stop in Rutherford Co.  WSPA 7News

Rutherford County deputies arrested two women Tuesday after finding more than 225 grams of meth and other drugs during a traffic stop.


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