The Bechtler House once served as home of Christopher Bechtler, known as the man who minted America's first one dollar gold coin. The house includes period pieces and exhibits narrating Bechtler's story. Architecture fans come to admire the home's exterior, known for its Victorian style. Inside, look for Greek Revival mantels and fluted moldings. Free tours are available on certain days. Check the website for details. To visit The Bechtler House on your trip to Rutherfordton, use our Rutherfordton trip itinerary website.
The Bechtler House Reviews
Who knew Rutherfordton NC played such an integral role in the gold rush. An small but informative museum, we learned a lot from docent Dana and enjoyed the visit. You can do it in about 30 minutes..... more »
A very extensive history of the gold mining and coin minting in North Carolina. We were amazed by the amount of gold found in NC and we have lived here all of our lives. more »
Awesome spot to visit! The tour was not incredibly long but was very interesting and informative. Great for anyone who enjoys good history, especially local history. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable, which added a lot to the experience. They run on donations so we were happy to give a little to help keep the place in operation even though we weren't asked or otherwise pressured. There may not be a whole lot of genuine pieces to see but the few that are there are well worth the time to stop. You can tell the town is proud of the history surrounding the place and that is a good thing. I would even go back!
Very interesting exhibits about the man behind the first $1 gold coin in the U.S.
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