In 1832, Christopher Bechtler of Rutherfordton
minted the country's first one dollar gold coin (17 years before the U.S. mint).
During the mid-1800s, the Bechtlers minted more than $2.24 million in gold
This heritage has been documented in the production of UNC-TV's documentary
"Gold Fever & the Bechtler Mint," along with the Town of Rutherfordton's 225th
anniversary. Christopher Bechtlerís historic 1838 home, located in
Rutherfordton, has now been fashioned into a public museum. Architectural
details found in the oldest portion of the Victorian style house include Federal
and Greek-Revival mantels and fluted door moldings with corner blocks. Near
the historic house and museum is the Bechtler Mint Site.
Distance: 45 minutes from Asheville
Address: Bechtler House Museum & Visitor Center: 130
West 6th Street, Rutherfordton NC 28139
Address: Bechtler Mint Site: 342 Giboa Church Road, Rutherfordton NC
Telephone: 828-287-6113 (Rutherford County Tourism
Hours: Friday: 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00
p.m., Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Allow: 1-2 hours to see both sites
Directions: From Asheville take I-26 South to Exit 35. Take Hwy. 74 East to
Columbus/Rutherfordton. Take exit 182 to US221 to Forest City. In
Forest City turn left at South Broadway, then turn left at Florence
Street and continue to Depot Street.