The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

 Bechtler House
and Mint Site

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Bechtler House, Rutherfordton NC

Christoper Bechtler       

Bechtler One Dollar Gold CoinIn 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 coins.
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.

Website: None
Rutherfordton NC
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 28139
Telephone: 828-287-6113 (Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority)
Hours: Friday: 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Fees: None
Allow: 1-2 hours to see both sites
Nearby: Rutherford Hospital Museum
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.







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