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.
The Apex Historical Society
is a non-profit, membership-supported organization dedicated
to preserving, protecting and promoting the history of Apex,
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.
13th at 7:00 PM - The AHS will hold its annual "Preservation
and Pie" event at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Historic
Downtown Apex. The topic will be "Where we came
from", a look back at Apex in the past. Mayor Lance Olive
will present a few remarks on Apex in past years. Please come
and bring a friend, learn about Apex history and join the AHS!
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!
Check back for news of additional
Historic Homes Tour
2017 home tour was held Sunday afternoon, December 3rd. This
was our part of the annual three day Apex community holiday
event in early December and was our 31st time hosting the event!
to view information
about homes that were on the 2017 Home Tour. If you would
like to be part of the team selecting sites, decorating for
and presenting the 2018 homes tour please send us an email
or contact a board member to join the group!
AHS - Board Member
The Society often has opportunities to serve
on both the AHS Board and the Maynard-Pearson
House Trust to help with preservation of local history
and to plan and present social and lecture activities for the
local community. The MPH Trust owns the property
and handles maintenance and upkeep and the Board
plans events and conducts tours of the House and offers presentations
to community and school groups about local history. Please contact
us if you would like to join either of these groups and help
continue these activities!
Charitable tax deduction opportunity!
The AHS is seeking donations to
help with repair of siding, porches, windows and painting the
entire exterior of the Maynard-Pearson House on Olive Chapel
Road. The cost was $16,500 and the work was done in September,
2017. We are seeking funds to offset the cost and continue maintenance
of the house and grounds. Make a donation via PayPal and you
will receive a confirmation by email to use for tax purposes.
The AHS is
a 501-c3 charitable non-profit organization and all donations
are tax deductible. If you are in need of charitable donations
this is your big opportunity to help restore the 1870 structure
to its glory!
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 Heather Werking for a great new exhibit!
History of Tobacco in Apex Area -
History of 1872 Tunstall
House - September, 2017
Check back often for information
about more AHS events at the Halle...
Maynard-Pearson House Tours
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 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
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...
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.
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
Team members may click here
to view and print Oral
History interview forms as needed.
Open House Slide Show
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
Rusty Bucket, one of the local shops supporting the Society.
Patrons of the AHS
Our sponsors and contributors help us maintain the Maynard-Pearson
House and downtown Caboose and continue to offer tours and events
for the community. We recommend these local businesses and use
them when we need painting, repairs and other services. View
their websites and "buy local" to support the