Once called Wysacky, the now town of Waxhaw is located in Union County, North Carolina, just north of Lancaster, South Carolina. The arrival of the railroad in 1888 created access to Atlanta and helped the town of Waxhaw reach prosperity. The tracks were laid through the center of town to show the importance, and the railroad still remains in the center of town today.
With a population of 9,859, according to the 2010 Census, 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. Waxhaw currently has dozens of specialty shops and dining restaurants. Restaurants located in town range from mom & pop restaurants to fine dining bistros. The Waxhaw Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places and it includes retail businesses, as well as architecturally significant houses near the center of town.
Residents and town officials are working on additional improvement plans. In the downtown area, there is a town park and a skate park for youth. 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.