Recognized as a Preserve American and Small Town Main Street Community, Waxhaw is also home to a variety of events, including several festivals and a weekly farmer's market. Founded in the 1770's and named in honor of the Indian tribe that once inhabited its land, Waxhaw gained prosperity through commerce that developed with the introduction of the railroad and cotton farming businesses. Its close proximity to Charlotte provides the perfect blend of small town charm and big city convenience. The national historic district covers more than 700 acres and 97 buildings of documented significance. With this heritage, Waxhaw's residents pay tribute to its past as it plans for a fulfilling future of diversity, quality growth and cooperative spirit. For more information visit Waxhaw's homepage.
Places to Visit in Waxhaw:
- The Overhead Bridge, located downtown, is one of the most iconic images of the Waxhaw community. The bridge was built in 1888 when the railroad company built a rail line to Atlanta. Until 1940, it served as a main fairway for automobiles through town. Today, the newly renovated bridge has been designated for pedestrian use only.
- Established on the National Register of Historic Places, The Waxhaw Historic District is housed with beautiful landmarks and old buildings near the center of town. The Waxhaw Historic Preservation Commission offers walking tours for anyone who wants to learn more about Waxhaw's rich heritage and treasures.
- The Military Wall of Honor was built in 2004 by the Waxhaw Community to honor the brave men and women who serve in the military. More than 800 names grace the wall. The Wall of Honor is maintained by the Waxhaw American Legion Post Auxiliary. More information here.
- Centered in the heart of downtown, The Waxhaw shopping district is perfect for any consumer looking for antique shops and mom and pop stores. Check out the Waxhaw business directory for a detailed list of businesses downtown.
- The Waxhaw Farmer's Market, located behind Stewart's Village Gallery on the corner of Price Street and North Church Street, offers an assortment of fresh locally grown produce from honey to fresh farm eggs, homemade goat milk soap to cut flowers. The market runs from April through November.