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October 22, 1987, a small group met to talk about ways to preserve,
protect and promote the history of the Apex area. That group, and others with the same vision, formed the Apex Historical Society to capture and retain history from the towns
colorful past as a small, rural settlement and insure the character of that early time remains a part of the rapidly evolving community of today and helps to guide its future progress. Officially
chartered on March 24, 1988, the Apex Historical Society has grown
to include both new and long time residents sharing a common interest.
its inception, the Society has presented the Town
of Apex with a Community Tree, initiated a town Tree Lighting
Ceremony and researched and prepared documentation for the nomination
of the 1914 Apex Union (Passenger) Train Depot and the 1912 Market
House/Town Hall to the National Registrar of Historic Places.
These structures have also been declared Wake County Historic
Landmarks. The Apex Historical Society was instrumental in working
with the Town of Apex in establishing and listing three Historic
districts within the town limits. The Society
also acquired a retired railroad caboose and placed it adjacent to the 1914 Union Depot
for the enjoyment of the community.
On May 5, 1995, the Apex
Society acquired the Maynard-Pearson House (circa 1870),
located at 1101 Olive Chapel Road in Apex, and has since restored it to serve as the organization's home base and to be a repository of artifacts representing the early life of the town. Read more about the origin of the House, the farmland it was built on and the families that lived in it...
Society continues to be a historical information resource, participating in the annual summer Peak
Fest, the Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration, the new fall Cultural Arts
Festival, and the Jaycee Christmas parade. The
Apex Historical Society's annual Holiday
Homes Tour held in early December is always a focal point of the holiday season.
Information about the origin of the Society, the Maynard-Pearson House and about the local area has been placed on this website (www.apexhistoricalsociety.com) to make the it available to those interested in learning more about the organization and community. A new project was initiated in 2008 to collect additional information about historical homes, businesses and citizens from Apex to expand knowledge about the town and make it available through this website. Please check back often to learn more about local history and contact the Society if you would like to participate in this exciting effort.