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 72,000 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,
2022 Historic Homes Tour
on the 2022 homes tour...
Planning for the 2022 Homes
Tour in December is under way and homes have been selected.
Please check back for more information on the tour. If you
would like to participate in planning for the tour please
contact the AHS.
Adanced tickets are now at The Rusty Bucket in downtown Apex
for $20 per person. Tickets on day of tour will be $25 per
person at tour sites.
The 2022 tour sites are:
Upchurch-Williams House (7213
Alsey Thomas Olive House (2708 Olive Chapel Road)
Apex Union Depot/Caboose
Cofield-Herndon House (115 S. Salem Street)
Tula Upchurch Holland House (323 N. Salem Street)
AHS - Halle Historical
Events at the Halle Cultural
Arts Center are on hold pending lifting of NC restrictions on
presentations are occasionally offered 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!
Check back for news of additional
- Board Member Meetings
AHS board meetings will continue when possible
through 2020. See our calendar for dates and times of meetings.
Board meetings are always open to the public. Please join us
to learn more about the society and consider joining or becoming
a board member.
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 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
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