Waxhaw, North Carolina

The Town

Waxhaw is a town with a population of approximately 12,000 and growing. It was recently named the fastest-growing suburb of Charlotte, NC. This up-and-coming borough makes the best use of its green space, strives to preserve its rich history, and is growing a vibrant, family-friendly downtown area. It is the perfect site for Union County’s very first eco-friendly pocket neighborhood.

 

The Farmer’s Market

The Waxhaw Farmer’s Market is open year-round, 9-noon (the sign says 1, but they just recently changed it), and it’s ALWAYS bustling! During the winter, they’re only on every-other week, but you’ll still see the dedicated farmers out there selling their winter goods.

Here you’ll find everything from bok chok to beignets, and this year, they have live local music to stroll along to.

 

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.