Welcome to the Apex Historical Society website. Take a tour around the site and learn about the history of a small town once called "Log Pond" and later named Apex and how it has grown from a small rural village to a bustling urban community of over 34,000 and growing!
Discover the excitement of living in a thriving North Carolina community rich in history, shaped by its small town character and offering the best in residential living within a short distance of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean and major metropolitan destinations.
Apex Historical Society is a non-profit, membership-supported organization
dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting the history of Apex,
AHS Halle Presentation - Apex Depot History
The AHS will host a presentation of the story of Apex Railroads, Trains & The Depot on Tuesday September 23 at 7:00 PM at the downtown Halle Cultural Arts Center. The topic is narrated by J. C. Knowles, Apex Ambassador. The event is FREE and open to the public. No reservation required.
Fall Membership Picnic
October 12, 2014 (Saturday), 2:00-5:00 pm - Annual Membership Picnic - At the picnic shelter area in Apex Community Park off Laura Duncan Road. Bar-b-que, bread and drinks will be furnished by the society. Members are asked to bring a covered dish and/or dessert.
The event is open to members and guests - please let us know if you plan to attend and if you will bring guests!
Spring AHS Newsletter
The Spring 2014 Newsletter is now online. Please click to read this and past newsletters.
Annual Home Tour
The 2013 home tour was held Sunday afternoon, December 8th, 2013, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Thank you to all that braved the weather to visit the homes on the tour! Planning is under way now for the 2014 tour. Please contact us if you would like to be part of the team planning this year's tour and hosting at the sites.
View more about the 2013 tour.
Maynard-Pearson House Tours
Contact us for a personal tour
We're taking a break from the regular monthly open house at the AHS Maynard-Pearson House on Olive Chapel Road.
Send us an email note If you want to visit for a personal tour to learn about history of the house. We also look forward to hosting tours for school groups and others that may be interested.
AHS - Halle Historical Presentations
Mark your calendar to attend free historical presentations at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. See our full calendar for all events.
Check back for information about more presentations...
New Sign for AHS Caboose
Sign Edge - Custom Signs & Graphics - Next time you visit Historic Downtown Apex, check out the AHS Caboose and the new sign provided by Bruce Meyer. Mr. Meyer offers top-quality signage in Apex, Holly Springs and the Triangle Area at the the Sign Edge company in Apex.
AHS Newsletters are available on the website. Click to read the latest dispatch or see all newsletters.
AHS Note Cards
The Society now offers a set of note cards, available at The Rusty Bucket on Salem Street or from the Society. The cards feature illustrations of historic Apex homes and sites by local artist Brenda Priest of Your Door & More - custom pen & ink illustrations. Please buy a package or two and help provide operating funds for the AHS or help sell them in the community. Read more about the cards and see illustrations...
Book on Apex History
Check out the new book about the history of Apex from when the town was established through 1941. The publication is available at The Rusty Bucket on Salem Street in Historic Downtown Apex. Read more and order the book - TRB Shopping Cart...
Oral History Project
The Society is continuing a long term project to capture and preserve an "oral history" and memories of the area as told by many residents born or living here in years past. Over 85 interviews have been recorded and more are scheduled. Read the project plan and consider joining the team in this ambitious project.
Team members may click here to view and print Oral History interview forms as needed.
2007 Open House Slide Show
Click to view a slide show of the 2007 Home Tour and the Maynard-Pearson House "open house". The virtual tour provides a glimpse of historical Christmas decorations in the style of the late 1800's and reveals some the town's history. The slide show was prepared by Mack Thorpe, member of the Society and co-owner of The Rusty Bucket, one of the local shops supporting the Society.
AHS - Halle Upchurch 2009 Presentation DVD
The May 2009 Apex Historical Society and Halle Cultural Arts Center presentation "Upchurch and Related Families of Western Wake County:
Two Hundred Years and Counting" by Dr. Phillip Upchurch is available on DVD for $10.00 from the Society. Please click to contact Debbie Douglass by email to purchase your copy or contact The Rusty Bucket.
Patrons of the AHS
The following Merchants have made a contribution to and support the AHS as corporate patrons:
Sign Edge - Custom Signs & Graphics - If you are looking top-quality signage in Apex, Holly Springs and the Triangle Area, the Sign Edge company offers sign design and production services for the local area. Contact Bruce Meyer at 919-810-4201 to discuss your sign needs.
Wake Remodeling - Luke and Catherine Dobbins operate a local business specializing in home improvement and remodeling work. Wake Remodeling's mission is to “Serve Our Neighbors one Remodel at a Time” and build clients for life. Providing quality work to local customers allows Wake Remodeling to build lasting relationships and to improve security, stability and serenity where families spend most of their time … their home.
Additions, Attic Finishing, Basement Renovations, Roofing.
Decks and Screened Porches.
Interior & Exterior Carpentry. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling.
Tile & Granite work.
Southern-Charmz Interiors - Visit our website to see our hand-crafted wreaths, swags, centerpieces and topiaries. All the elements of a uniquely decorated home evoking classic southern charm and elegance to help you complete any room in your home. We are the provider of entrance door decorations for the annual AHS Homes Tour each December.
The Rusty Bucket - Stylish and affordable decorations for the home and items of interest representing the local community and history. Located at 104-A N. Salem Street in the historic downtown district. The friendly staff of the shop will provide you with a warm and cozy shopping experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the area.
Leland Builders - Local builder experienced in restoration of older homes and familiar with guidelines and practices in restoring homes to requirements of Capital Area Preservation and meeting requirements for registering home as a historic property.
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Phone: (919) 669-6934.
Your Door & More - custom pen & ink illustrations is a local business that creates one-of-a-kind drawings of your home or place of business. These illustrations can be used as wall-hung portraits, note cards or address labels. Ideal for housewarming gifts, graduations or for that hard to buy for person.
Home Video Studio is locally owned Home Video Studio offering a wide range of professional video production services to consumers and businesses alike. Specialties include video production, video editing, home movie and video transfers, CD and DVD duplication, and much more.
118 N. Salem Street Apex, NC 27502
New Hope Valley Railway - Visit the New Hope Valley Railway and experience the thrill of riding the rails and see, hear, and feel history. The NHVR site, located south of Apex between Bonsal and New Hill, NC, features restored trains, the North Carolina Railroad Museum and monthly train rides from May to December.
See our full AHS calendar for events throughout the year.
Check back soon for news of upcoming events!
Directions to the Maynard-Pearson House