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Unionville                                     Day parade with the area’s best fireworks
                                               celebration, and Autumn Treasures. The
Unionville encompasses almost 19,000           Holiday Celebrations begin the first Friday
acres north of Monroe and south of             in December with the Festival of Lights and
Fairview along U.S. 601 and Highway 200.       continues with weekend activities through
While retaining its rural atmosphere, this     the month of December.
old community with a newly-resurrected         Waxhaw continually pays homage to
municipal charter maintains a low tax          veterans by holding Memorial Day and
rate. The Unionville Presbyterian Church’s     Veteran’s Day ceremonies, in addition to
fellowship hall was donated by the church      collaborating with the Waxhaw Business
members to the Town Council as a Town          Association for a Patriot Day Ceremony. All
Hall in 2000. Longtime traditions include      of these events are held at the Military Wall
a Fourth of July celebration and parade,       of Honor located in historic downtown. The
and Unionville Elementary School’s annual      town is also increasing its visibility among
barbecue the first Friday in November.         the art community with an annual juried art
This is one of the area’s largest and          show, an open-air art market, a downtown
most well-known fundraising events for         art walk, and art showings by over 30 local
an elementary school. The Unionville           artists and 24 art studios located in the
Lions Club sponsors “Concerts in the           area.
Park” Thursday nights in July and August,      Much of the quaintness of downtown
featuring local bands. Also in 2000, the       Waxhaw is due to the railroad tracks which
Town established an annual Christmas           run parallel through the center of town
tree-lighting the first Saturday in December,  dividing Main Street into two sides, each
and the Sam F. Keziah Unionville American      complemented by plush strips of green.
Legion Post #535 now hosts the parade          Almost all of downtown can be viewed from
prior to the tree-lighting. (704) 226-1989.    the rustic overhead bridge built across the
www.unionvillenc.com.                          tracks that once carried vehicles and is one
                                               of the historic landmarks in the town. The
Waxhaw                                         beloved walkover bridge provides children
                                               and adults a place to cross or stand and
Buzzing with creative and performing           watch the train going through town while
arts, vibrant music, eclectic shops and        feeling the rumble under their feet and
restaurants surrounded by a natural            garnering the occasional whistle blow from
backdrop of rolling hills, horse country,      the train engineer.
fishing ponds and outdoor recreation,          Offered several times a year is the popular
Waxhaw is rich in heritage, bustling with      Historic Walking Tour, a stroll through the
activities and offers a sense of well-being    Waxhaw Historic District—listed on the
for all who live, work or play here.           National Register of Historic Places. The
Conveniently located just 40 minutes           tour details Waxhaw’s proud history and
from uptown Charlotte, Waxhaw is a             the beautiful old homes that line the
family friendly retreat from the city yet      streets. Designated as a Preserve America
still provides its own bustling downtown.      community, Waxhaw boasts a downtown
Whether it’s farm to table cuisine or          bustling with activity every day of the week.
relaxed pubs and taverns, Waxhaw offers        Several parks in the area have been
an eclectic mix of dining experiences.         renovated or completed for children and
Shops range from rustic antique stores and     families to enjoy. In the downtown area
American crafts, to clothing boutiques, and    is the David G. Barnes Park, located at
upscale home furnishings.                      219 S.W. Main Street, with playground
This charming little town took its name        equipment for the little ones. It stands
from the Waxhaw Indians, a tribe that once     adjacent to the Waxhaw Sk8 Park, popular
inhabited the area. Waxhaw incorporated        with skateboard enthusiasts. Also in
on March 7, 1889 and has since become          downtown is the Dare Steele Garden on
known for the numerous outdoor events          South Providence Street, developed to
held in its downtown area throughout the       honor the memory of former Waxhaw
year including Spring Kaleidoscope, Friday     teacher and resident Dare Steele. The
night summer concerts, an Independence

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