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 50,000 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,
Charitable tax deduction opportunity!
The AHS is seeking funds to repair siding, porches and windows and paint the entire exterior of the Maynard-Pearson House on Olive Chapel Road. The cost is expected to run about $15,500 and we plan to kick off the work in 2017 when funds become available.
Please note the AHS is a 501-c3 charitable non-profit organization and all donations toward this work will be tax deductible. If you are in need of charitable donations this is your big opportunity and will help restore the 1870 structure to its glory!
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.
January 17th at 7:00 PM - The AHS will hold its annual "Preservation and Pie" event at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Historic Downtown Apex. Jeremy Bradham, from the Capital Area Preservation organization, will present an update on area preservation activities by the CAP and how you can help with this effort.
This is a FREE event provided by the Apex Historical Society, open to the public and refreshments will be served! Bring a pie or cookies or just enjoy the refreshments provided by members!
2016 Home Tour
The 2016 home tour was held held Sunday afternoon, December 4th. It was a great success thanks to all that attended and the homeowners that so graciously allowed us to feature their homes! Thank you for continuing to support the AHS!
The 2017 home tour is in the planning stage! This is our part of the annual three day Apex community holiday event in early December. Please contact us if you would like to be part of the team planning the next tour. The 2017 tour will be the 31st time AHS hosts the event!
AHS-Halle Window Project
Discover more about the history of Apex by heading to Historic Downtown Apex and drop by to see the AHS Halle Window display at the back end of the hallway. Thanks to Claire and Bill Rousseau and Jan Brooks for a great new exhibit!
Check back often for information about more AHS events at the Halle...
Maynard-Pearson House Tours
Contact us for a personal tour
Tours of the AHS Maynard-Pearson House on Olive Chapel Road are available for school groups, community organizations, visitors and anyone interested in seeing a home representing life in the late 1800's. Tours are FREE and take about an hour. Donations are always welcomed if you wish to help with maintenance of the home.
Send us an email note If you want to arrange for a personal tour to learn about history of the house.
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 featuring illustrations of historic Apex homes and sites by local artist Brenda Priest of Your Door & More - custom pen & ink illustrations. Please buy a set and help provide operating funds for the AHS. Read more about the cards and see illustrations...
Book on Apex History
Check out the Holleman brothers local book about 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 typical of our annual home tours and the Maynard-Pearson House "open house" events. The virtual tour provides a glimpse of historical Christmas decorations typical 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.
Patrons of the AHS
The following Merchants have made a contribution to and support the AHS as corporate patrons:
JFBuilders & Associates, located in Historic Downtown Apex, offers both new construction and renovations of any size. Jeff Fike, President and Owner, is a second generation builder with over 35 years experience and has built more than 300 custom homes and countless renovations in the Wake County area. Jeff has been a licensed and insured General Contractor since 1985 and has a strong reputation for honesty, customer care, and personal involvement in every construction project. Visit their website at www.jfbuilders.com.
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 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