For the past quarter century, the Waxhaw Woman’s Club has conducted a biennial tour of homes as a fundraiser. The tour started in December 1989 and showcases some of the most beautiful homes in Waxhaw.
This year’s tour theme is “Waxhaw Then and Now.”
Tour hours and days: 10 a.m-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dec. 6.
You should schedule approximately two hours for the tour. Tickets purchased before Dec. 4 are $15. Call 704-843-3493. You also can buy tickets at Eight Legs Gallery and Divine Custom Frame, Stewart’s Village Gallery, The Bead Merchants, Fancy That Resale and The Gracious Home.
The first stop on the tour is the beautifully restored Waxhaw Woman’s Club, 200 E. South Main St. Tickets can be purchased there on the days of the of the tour for $20.
The historic homes can be comfortably walked to from the Waxhaw Woman’s Club building. There’s parking in the club lot or on the town streets.
One historic stop is the old Post Office at 101 N. Church St. Legend has it that the building housed Waxhaw’s first freestanding post office. Step inside and imagine yourself living in another era when all the mail could be handled in one tiny room and Duncan McDonald, the first postmaster, could call everyone by name.
It was built around the early 1900s and is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in town. Although its origins are uncertain, it does hold the distinction of being on the National Register of Historic Places. Rita Brunson, whose home is on the tour, owns the historic post office building.
The more contemporary homes are slightly further afield and visitors will need to drive. One is in Deerfield Plantation, another off Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road, and the third in Quellin.
The featured business this year is Eight Legs Gallery. The building originally was the old Rodman-Heath Mill superintendent’s house. It now is home to wonderful and varied art on the inside and extraordinary sculpture by Waxhaw artist, Tom Risser, on the grounds.
Woman’s Club past president Judy Simpson Cook said much credit should go to individuals who agree to open their homes at the busiest time of the year and decorate and prepare for hundreds of people to come through.
“Visitors are very appreciative of having the opportunity to see an historic home or business and imagine how life might have been when it was new,” she said. “They love seeing the imaginative collections some homeowners have brought together. “
The Waxhaw Woman’s Club welcomes women to join the club. Meetings are 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month, September through May, at the club building. Annual dues are $25.
Recipients of the club’s support include The Waxhaw Library, The Waxhaw Fire and Rescue Department, Turning Point, The Union County Community Shelter, and the Union County Literary Council. The club also gives annual scholarships to young women from Parkwood High, Cuthbertson High, Marvin Ridge High, Wingate University and Pfeiffer University.
Readers interested in a more in-depth exploration of Waxhaw’s past can buy the Waxhaw Woman’s Club history book, “Crossing the Street,” edited by Gladys McCain Kerr. The book costs $25 and is available at The Bead Merchants, 102 E. South Main St.
The club contributes in many ways to make Waxhaw a better community. And when it comes to successful fundraisers, the Holiday Tour of Homes is one of the best.