Museum of the Waxhaws
Very cool to see how it all started. Not exactly a kid friendly place, but my kids were interested in all the items on display. The guide was very good at keeping their intrest as well as ours.
"Open three days a week but we knock off early on Friday". I have great memories of this place from visiting with my dad as a child. Tried to go a few times recently. Showed up on a Tuesday (should've looked online) of course they were closed. Came back on Friday and had 2 friends that wanted to go. Showed up at 4 and was told they were closing early... I said great, we drove an hour to get here because you're supposed to be open until 5. And the lady wanted to open back up for us, which was very nice of her, but no one wants to be the only folks there knowing some one is waiting for you to leave. Not at a museum. I may go back. I really don't know.
Great sites and fun people. All sorts of cool exhibits like... a Conestoga wagon, Spanish conquistador armor, farmers and family in vignette, cotton springs and loom, civil war artifacts, President Jackson items from his birthplace and early law career, antique 1st lady style tea cups and china, British officer uniform, etc. Add a movie theater, banquet facility and gift shop and you have a nice day trip. With the historical 100 year old cabin, wood shed, post office and gold panning mill, you can fill the rest of the day. Or go when they have an event like pirate day, tavern night or a military re-enactment. Always a fun time and you learn something!
A hidden treasure for the history buff, come if you want to learn more about Waxhaw history! The staff is aways friendly and ready to answer questions. Would recommend to visit when there are big events in order to see reenactors dressed up and have extra things to see and do!
Made a special trip from Kentucky to Waxhaw just to see the museum... sign on door say closed for holidays until Jan 11 .... apparently they forgot to update their sign as it is Jan 17 and not a soul in sight. So I cant really rate it because I never saw anything :/ extremely disappointed