Sunday, July 8, 2012

USA - North Carolina - Waxhaw

Originally called the "Waxhaw Settlement", the area is named for its first inhabitants, the Waxhaw Indians. Near the birthplace of Andrew Jackson is the pictured Andrew Jackson memorial Museum of the Old Waxhaws.

Sent by Avery, a postcrosser from North Carolina, USA.

This is from Wikipedia : Waxhaw is a town located in Union County, North Carolina. The population was 2,627 at the 2000 Census.

Waxhaw is located at 34°55′42″N 80°44′41″W (3$4.928201, -80.744835).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2), all of it land. Waxhaw is located north of Lancaster, South Carolina and lies about 12 miles south of Charlotte.
Waxhaw is located in a historic region called the Waxhaws, named after the indigenous Native American tribe that lived in the territory in historic times. It is in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, which is wooded with rolling hills. This region is where goldwas first discovered in the United States. The Howie Gold Mine is not far from the city limits.
Waxhaw takes its name from the Waxhaws, named after the historic American Native American tribe that inhabited the region. The community was settled by European-Americans in the mid-18th century, of mostly German and Scots-Irish origin. They became subsistence farmers and were known for being independent. Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States, was born nearby in 1767. There is some disagreement as to which of the Carolinas was his birthplace, due to the proximity of the border.
The arrival of the railroad in 1901, with access to the markets of Atlanta, helped the town reach prosperity. The tracks were laid directly through the center of town, showing the importance of the railroad. They remain on the street, now bordered by a green, grassy strip dividing the rows of stores on each side.
Beginning in the late 19th century, the community was developed with cotton mills for manufacturing textiles. The railroad helped increase access for its products. Cotton manufacturing was important to the region through the 1940s. Postwar changes in the economy, with shifts of the textile industry to jobs to other areas and out of the country, required the community to adapt to new conditions.
Waxhaw has evolved as an antique and fine dining center. Its Small Town Main Street committee is working on an integrated approach to developing and marketing the historic center of town. The Town currently has dozens of specialty shops and dining ranging from mom & pop restaurants to fine dining bistros. The Waxhaw Historic District is on theNational Register of Historic Places. It includes retail businesses as well as architecturally significant houses near the center of town.
Residents and town government are working on additional improvement plans. The Town Park is located in the downtown area, as is a Skate Park for youths and skateboarding. New housing has been built along NC 75 to the east and west of town, as well as NC 16 (Providence Road) to the north.
Near Waxhaw is Cane Creek Park, a 1,050-acre (4.2 km2) park, featuring scenic areas and recreation activities. The facility, on Harkey Road south of Waxhaw, was a cooperative venture between Union County, the Union Conservation District and the Soil Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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