Charlotte – home to pro sports teams and Fortune 500 corporate headquarters, host city to this year’s NBA All-Star Game and the Republican National Convention in 2020 – is also home to rolling hills and bucolic horse farms. Horse country isn’t inside the city proper, but historic Weddington/Waxhaw is just a short drive from the heart of Charlotte. And if the Union County area feels hundreds of miles from uptown Charlotte’s skyscrapers, it also seems decades removed from it.
Dickens Mitchener’s Broker-in-Charge Sarah Szczodrowsk’s family of four has lived in Waxhaw for nearly six years. The horse culture is part of what lured her there. She and her 7-year-old daughter are equestrians who ride several times a week. “If you’re a horse person, it’s easy to find your place here,” she said. “There’s a downtown tack shop (Waxhaw Tack Exchange) where everyone goes.” Adding to the authentic small-town feel are the downtown railroad tracks and historic footbridge overlooking it. (It’s what Dickens Mitchener Realtor®/Broker Megan Despard called “the most instagrammable spot in the Charlotte area.”) Downtown Waxhaw is brimming with antique stores, coffee shops and Mom-and-Pop restaurants. Beyond downtown, there’s plenty of sky, hills and horses.
During the mid-1700s, German and Scots-Irish settlers moved to the area and created their own community. Over a century later, in 1889, Waxhaw became prosperous after a railroad placed in the center of town allowed residents access to Atlanta and allowed local cotton and textile merchants to sell their products. The railroad remains in place today near Waxhaw’s Historic District which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Population: 15,147
- Waxhaw gets its name from the Waxhaw Native American tribe that once lived in the region. Today, this entire area of the Piedmont along the North and South Carolina border is known as the Waxhaws.
- The first gold discovered in the United States was not far from the Waxhaw city limits.
- Living in Waxhaw means getting to know your neighbors. The town holds regular events like concerts, parades, and First Fridays, a night when businesses stay open late and people gather in town for fun activities.
- Waxhaw has its own farmer’s market. Visitors can purchase farm-fresh meat, eggs, and seasonal produce, as well as plants, flowers, artisanal foods, and natural health and beauty products from local vendors.
- Local professionals will enjoy the fact that Waxhaw has its own Rotary Club. It was founded in 2004.
- Though there is some dispute about the exact location, President Andrew Jackson was born in the Waxhaw area.
Waxhaw is a friendly town, and there is always something going on. It is also a business-friendly town, which means plenty of independent shops and restaurants line the streets in the historic area surrounding the railroad. Enjoy delicious food at an array of restaurants, ranging from farm-fresh Southern cuisine to authentic Italian. There are also many historic sites in the area dedicated to Andrew Jackson and the Native Americans who originally called the town home.
- Provisions – A local, family owned business located on Waxhaw’s historic Main Street. Lisa Vigil and Ken Posko are partners with a goal to help bring local producers and consumers together in one convenient location.
- Stacks Kitchen – Located on N. Broome Street in Waxhaw. Famous for serving breakfast all day, residents love to dine on its waffles, pancakes and omelets.
- Bistro D’Antonio – Serves Italian inspired cuisine, all dished up in a warm and relaxed dining room with old-world touches.
- Maxwell’s Tavern – Located on East South Main Street, Maxwell’s Tavern is a part sports bar, part family-friendly casual dining place. Its menu features something for everyone with classic favorites like burgers, pulled pork, steak, and seafood.
- Carolina Place – Just north of Waxhaw in Charlotte is Carolina Place. The mall is home to dozens of your favorite stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s, Sears, Belk, H&M, and Victoria’s Secret. It also features several restaurants and a children’s play area.
- Downtown Waxhaw – Not everyone loves big box stores and chains, and Downtown Waxhaw is the place to get away from that. You will find boutiques, antique shops, and independent restaurants all around the historic town. After shopping, visit the area’s iconic pedestrian bridge that goes right over the railroad tracks.
- Grocery Stores – For your everyday shopping needs, Waxhaw is home to Harris Teeter, Food Lion, and Walmart, as well as several smaller stores.
Entertainment, Nightlife & Things To Do
Waxhaw’s Farmer’s Market – Corner of Price and Church Street, 116 McDonald Street, Waxhaw. Waxhaw Famers’ Market consists of farmers and artisan vendors proudly growing and making all of their products locally. They come to the market to provide you fresh-from-the-farm goodness and their unique crafting of hand-made foods and specialty items. The Market is open EVERY Saturday 9am-12pm.
- Museum of the Waxhalls – To get a sense of the area’s history and enjoy a day of family fun, a visit to the Museum of the Waxhaws is a must. It serves as a memorial to Andrew Jackson, and it features several exhibits focused on the seventh president. There is also a Waxhall Indian Village, Secret Homestead, and a Heritage Garden.
- Storefront Theatre – You don’t have to drive to Charlotte or another big city to take in a little culture. Waxhaw has its own Storefront Theatre. As of 2014 — 2015, it is in its eighth season. Some of its plays have included Country Songs, We Like Short Shorts, and The Cemetery Club.
- Queen’s Cup Steeplechase – The Queen’s Cup Steeplechase takes place in neighboring Mineral Springs every spring at Brooklandwood. It’s a must for horse-racing enthusiasts, but it’s also a fun-filled day for people of all ages. You can pet the race horses, and there are pony rides for kids. Live music, food, tailgating, fun hats, and gorgeous flowers are all part of the atmosphere.
- Andrew Jackson State Park – There are many parks in the Waxhaw area, but Andrew Jackson State Park in nearby Lancaster, SC is a popular one. There is a museum, living history programs, trails, a lake for fishing, and picnic and camping areas.
Real Estate Information
At the rate the Waxhaw area is growing, it is not surprise that there it so much new construction in the area. What separates the area from many others, however, is that it is quality new construction. Think 3-sided brick homes, side-entry garages, 1+-acre lots, and beautiful landscaping. The neighborhoods also offer great amenities, like pools, tennis courts, walking trails, and playgrounds.
- Sandy Ridge Elementary School
- Marvin Elementary School
- Kensington Elementary School
- Western Union Elementary School
- Waxhaw Elementary School
- Wesley Chapel Elementary School
- Rea View Elementary School
- Newtown Elementary School
- Marvin Ridge High School
- South Providence High School
- Cuthbertson High School
- Parkwood High School
- Central Academy of Technology and Arts
Are you looking to buy a home in Weddington/Waxhaw? Contact Catharine Pappas our Director of Relocation at (704) 661-2402 to put you in touch with one of our agents.