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Waxhaw Town

Union County, North Carolina

The Waxhaw Town Hall is located at 317 North Broome Street, Waxhaw, NC 28173.
Phone: 704‑843‑2195.


Beginnings [1]

The town of Waxhaw is located on the western edge of Union County. The county lies at the southern tip of North Carolina's piedmont plateau and is bordered by South Carolina. Waxhaw lies twelve miles west of Monroe, the county seat. Waxhaw is named after an Indian tribe which inhabited the area before Scotch-Irish settlers began moving into the region in the mid-eighteenth century. The Town of Waxhaw formed after the advent of the railroad in Union County in 1888; Waxhaw was officially incorporated in 1889.

Waxhaw is centered along the crest of a slight ridge which runs east-west and slopes gradually away to the north and south. The railroad tracks, running east-west, are laid down the middle of the main street, dividing it into North and South Main Streets. Daily freight trains rumble through town, the noise momentarily halting street conversations and eliciting a traditional wave to the engineer. Broom Street (N.C. Highway 16), which runs north-south, acts as the dividing line for east and west street designations. A picturesque elevated pedestrian bridge constructed of large timber trusses spans the tracks at Providence Street, connecting North and South Main streets.

‡ Patricia S. Dickinson, consultant, Waxhaw Historic District, Union County, N.C., nomination document, 1991, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.