Welcome!

 If you’ve found us, you’re likely already looking into a simpler, more community-oriented way of life. We used to be a growing intentional community, looking for land, but after seeing the inevitable setbacks and flaws in the system, we’ve decided to re-imagine ourselves. Waxhaw C.O.H.O now stands for Community Organizing and Housing Optimization. In this time of the surrounding Charlotte area seeing unprecedented growth, we want to assure that long-standing residents can stay in their homes and age in place, by connecting them to safe, reputable, affordable home and health services. We also want to help integrate the incoming residents with the old residents, locally-owned restaurants, and the beautiful small-business mentality.

Why are we doing this?

Our reason for being remains the same. Resilience. Resilience is the #1 goal for the creation of this project. Resilience – defined as the ability to bounce back from setbacks – is crucial to a healthy, happy life. Resilient parents raise resilient children, creating a resilient family unit, which can help contribute to a resilient community, which can then give back to its resilient elders. Having physically and emotionally close community ties help individuals and families move through and overcome life’s inevitable hardships. Community, tribe, village, surrogate family, whatever you want to call it, we want to create ties that can withstand the worst times, share the best of times, and last a lifetime.

Waxhaw, North Carolina

The Town

Waxhaw is a town with a population of approximately 12,000 and growing. For better, and for worse, Waxhaw was recently named the fastest-growing suburb of Charlotte, NC. This up-and-coming borough is struggling to make the best use of its green space, and is running into issues preserving its rich history, as it strives to grow its vibrant, family-friendly downtown area.

 

 

Origins

This little train town grew around an old Native American hunting ground. The Waxhaws (who were once called the Wysacky) were a tribe that lived across Mecklenburg and Union Counties in NC, and Lancaster and York Counties in SC. They may have been a branch of the Catawba tribe, but eventually most of the area tribes had to merge to survive, after being primarily wiped out by smallpox, and the Yamasee War of 1715. The townspeople commemorates these tribes at the Museum of the Waxhaws.

The town then became a train hub for a rail line running down to Atlanta. From there, they grew by moving and selling cotton and textiles. They pivoted to antiques, and were (and are still) a destination for antiquing. Learn more here.

Contact

For more information on our meetups, becoming a member, buy-in costs, location, or just about anything else, please fill out the box below, or email info@waxhawcoho.com