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,
Fall Membership Picnic (Note time changed from 2:00 to 3:00)
8th, 2017 (Sunday), 3:00-6:00 Annual Membership Picnic
will be in the picnic shelter area in Apex Community Park,
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 a dessert.
is open to members and guests and anyone interested in joining
the AHS - please let us know if you plan to be there and how
many guests you will bring!
AHS - Board
The Society has openings 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 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
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.
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 to 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.
Check back for news of
2017 Historic Homes Tour
2017 home tour will be held Sunday afternoon, December 3rd
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
tour. The 2017 tour will be the 31st time AHS hosts the
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
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 for a personal tour to learn about history of the
AHS Newsletters are available
on the website. Click to read
the latest dispatch or see
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
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:
Painting and Interiors, located at 1130
Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC, has been making houses beautiful
in, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Garner,
Wake Forest, Fuquay Varina, NC, since 1986. The Metcalf team
completed repairs and a full exterior painting of the roof
and Maynard-Pearson House in September, 2017.
& 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
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.
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 - at their home.
Additions, Attic Finishing, Basement
Renovations, Roofing. Decks and Screened Porches. Interior
& Exterior Carpentry. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling. Tile
& Granite work. General Repairs.
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.
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.
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. Lee Williams, 10048 Fountain,
Chapel Hill, NC 27517. Phone: (919) 669-6934.
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.
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. Phone: 919-267-3409 or 866-831-0436
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!
to the Maynard-Pearson House