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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.

Mission Statement

The Apex Historical Society is a non-profit, membership-supported organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting the history of Apex, North Carolina.

AHS meetings are currently on hold due to the coronavirus situation. Please check back for rescheduling news.

On HOLD - No meetings during coronovirus ***
Annual AHS membership meeting - TBD, 2020, Free and Open to the Public

    6:30 PM Pot Luck Dinner
    7:00 Membership Meeting

The regular annual AHS meeting to review current business and elect new board members for 2020-2021 was not held in March. There may be a meeting later at the same time as another event later this summer. To be determined.

Spring AHS Plant Sale

The spring plant sale has been rescheduled for June 6th, 2020, from 8:00-2:00 (or until all plants have been sold). To be held at the Maynard-Pearson House, 1101 Olive Chapel Road. Please check back for details. The sale is planned pending lifting the hold on community gatherings.

The Apex Historical Society annual spring plant sale will be held June 6, 2020, at the Maynard-Pearson House, 1101 Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC 27502. The annual AHS Plant Sale will offer a large selection of plants at low prices for those that love gardening. Please contact Diane Long (919-418-6625) for additional information or to donate plants for the sale. All proceeds go toward maintenance and operation of the Maynard-Pearson House.

Come early for best selection!

Peak-Tique Antiques & Collectibles Festival

Friday-Saturday-Sunday , September 11-12-13, 2020. Show hours 9-5 Friday and Saturday, 10-4 Sunday. Click to read more about location, vendors, tickets and location.

The fourth annual Apex PEAK-TIQUE Antiques and Collectibles Festival is being organized and managed jointly by the Apex Downtown Business Association (ADBA), the Apex Historical Society (AHS) and the Town of Apex (TOA). The ADBA and AHS are both non-profit organizations. NOTE - The event has an entry fee of $5.00. Proceeds from the fee goes to the Apex Historical Society for maintenance of the Maynard-Pearson House.

2019 Historic Homes Tour

home toursThe 2019 home tour was held Sunday afternoon, December 8th

This was 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 2020 tour and decorating the Maynard-Pearson House. The 2020 tour will be the our 34th time hosting the event!

Click for information about homes and sites on the AHS 2019 Home Tour.
Click to view a tour site map.

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. These are FREE events provided by the Apex Historical Society and open to the public!

*** On HOLD - Please check back for news on new date ***
Preservation and Pie Presentation

April 9th at 7:00 PM - The AHS annual "Preservation and Pie" event will be held at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Historic Downtown Apex. A talk will be given by Jeremy Bradham (Capital Area Preservation) on current area historic preservation efforts and remarks on interesting local Apex and area history. 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 presentations!


AHS - Board Member Openings

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 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 costs to repair siding, porches, windows and painting the entire exterior of the Maynard-Pearson House on Olive Chapel Road. The cost was $16,500 and was done in September, 2017. We are seeking funds to offset the cost and continue maintenance of the house and grounds. Please 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!

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 Heather Werking for a great new exhibit!

History of Tobacco in Apex Area - August, 2017

History of 1872 Tunstall House - September, 2017

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 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.

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

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 community!


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Upcoming events

See our full AHS calendar for events throughout the year.

Check back soon for news of upcoming events!


Directions to the Maynard-Pearson House

Apex Historical Society
P.O. Box 506
Apex, NC 27502

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