Apex, North Carolina is a charming blend of rich history and bright future. Founded in the 1860's, the Town got its name from a location at the highest point on the old Chatham Railroad. Downtown Apex, considered one of the most intact turn-of-the-century railroad towns in the area, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an Historic District in 1994, and includes about 60 structures built between 1870 and 1940. The Old Union Depot, built in 1914, is designated as a Wake County Historic Landmark. The Apex Historical Society is located nearby in an old caboose.
Today, Apex is one of the most vibrant, progressive, and fastest-growing communities in the Research Triangle area, and the thriving Downtown Historic District is at the Town's heart. The unique mixture of historic homes, restaurants, and specialty shops gives special meaning to the motto: "Apex, the peak of good living." It's no surprise that Apex and the Triange area have consistently appeared as a top 10-ranked community in major publications such as Business North Carolina, Money, CNN/Money, and Forbes.
Come and experience the "The Peak of Good Living" in Apex, North Carolina!
The Apex Farmers Market is excited to announce the 2014 Season opens on Saturday April 5th. On stage from 10:00am to noon will be the Route 55 Jazz Orchestra Band. Come and see fresh local fruit & produce with new baked goods & craft vendors. Check out the website – www.apexfarmersmarket.com. Hours are 9am-1pm every Saturday. The Farmers Market is located at 220 North Salem Street Apex, NC 27502 (in front of the Chamber of Commerce – next to the firehouse) in Downtown Apex from early April through September. Don't forget to "Like" them on Facebook.
If you have a group of ten or more, our Apex Ambassador would love to show you our historic downtown. We offer free of charge a 45 minute lecture on the history of Apex at our downtown showcase the Halle Cultural Arts Center. You also have five wonderful dining venues to choose from for lunch or dinner. Following your dining experience, we give you a walking tour of downtown and show you some wonderful places to shop.
If this sounds interesting to you contact J. C. Knowles, Apex Ambassador, at 919-772-5472.
Smallpox hit Apex hard in 1910. The town council set up two houses, one in the eastern section and one in the western section. Anyone coming down with the disease had to stay in one of the two houses until the doctors gave them permission to return home. As far as we know, only one person died from the dreaded disease. Mrs. Oscar Luther was paid fifty cents by the town for making a burial robe for that victim.
Street lights were added to the downtown section of Apex in 1909. Mr W. J. Hobby was paid $4 a month to light the gas powered lamps and to keep them clean. In December of 1911 the citizens approved the construction of the new Municipal Building on Salem Street. The building called for a meat market on the first floor and the mayor's office and an Opera House on the second floor.
At the time of the vote there were only 205 registered voters in town. For the new municipal Building the vote was 63 in favor and 7 against construction.
During this same election the voters approved paving Main Street through the town for the first time. Cost for the project was $1.24 per square yard for pavement and 35 cents per lineal foot for curbing. Also paved was Center and Chatham Streets to Salem Street. The first pavement was red brick which is still in place under several layers of asphalt. It is believed the brick were made three miles from Apex at Friendship.
J.C. Knowles, Apex Town Ambassador firstname.lastname@example.org