Living the Jacksonian Dream!

Come and see the Waxhaws Region!

This travel brochure is dedicated to the wonderful Waxhaws region of the Carolinas. Through the medium of time travel, visitors will be able to experience what life was like for settlers living in this region from the early 18th century until the middle of the 19th century.

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Many European immigrants settled in the Waxhaws at the turn of the 17th century. English, Scots, German, Moravian, and Scots-Irish settlers moved along wagon trails that originated from ancient Native American paths.

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The most common mode of travel used over long distances was the Conestoga Wagon. Families traveling from the north into the Carolina Back Country would travel an average of ten miles a day, with children often walking along side the wagon, which was used to carry supplies.

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Settlers had to fend for themselves. They built their own log cabins, tended to their own gardens, and used smokehouses like the one pictured above to preserve meats so they could be stored for longer periods of time.

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Andrew Jackson, our 7th President was born in the Waxhaws region. He was the first president born in a log cabin and the first who was not raised in a wealthy family. Jackson is remembered as a war hero who led American soldiers to a famous victory at The Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. His presidency generated much debate and conflict, but there is no doubt that Jacksonian democracy is still influential to this day.

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The history of The Waxhaws is the history of the common man. It is a history that we all can make connections with and learn from. Through visiting the Museum of the Waxhaws, visitors will be transported back through time and see how history is a continuous story that we are still living today.