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!
I want you to know that we are having our annual Christmas celebration in Historic Downtown Apex on Friday, December 6th. We will be lighting our Apex Town Christmas Tree (5 pm) with the magical help of our wonderful Mayor Keith Weatherly. It does take magic to light this tree. Following this event, there will be Horse-drawn Carriage (Sleigh) rides and a Christmas Kiddy Train ride both for the young & young at heart.
New this year, we have added a "Winter Wonderland". Real snow to play in and sledding down a real snow slide. Of course there will be caroling throughout the downtown area; you can join thousands of shoppers and dine in a true Christmas atmosphere (we do have some of the most wonderful restaurants any town would love to have). Santa will also be strolling the sidewalks with us on Friday evening.
We'll have snow as planned, despite the warm weather!
On Saturday, December 7th the Apex Rotary Club will serve some of their homemade pancakes, with sausage, bacon, coffee, juice and milk. It's a treat that can't be beat! They will be serving from 7am until 11 am at the Downtown Fire House.
Tell you what ! For the first 25 out of town visitors that attend the breakfast, you can have breakfast on me. All you have to do is tell the gentleman selling tickets you are the guest of the Apex Ambassador. I'll be working the breakfast and I will make it my joy to give you a welcome to our town. I'll be looking for you.
Also on Saturday, starting at 9:00am you can have your children's picture taken with Santa Claus. This year we have relocated to the Halle Center for this activity until 2 PM. All day long there will be shopping, eating and visiting the many features of our historic downtown. At 5:00pm the Apex Rotary Club will unfold our annual Christmas Parade with beautiful floats, singers, marching bands and much much more down Salem Street. Come early, for the street is ten-deep with eager viewers. Oh yes, Santa will be with us for this important event.
Then on Sunday, December 8th The Apex Historical Society will present their annual "Christmas Parade of Historic Homes." This will start at 1:00 pm. Tickets for this event are $10 and you will see some of the most beautiful, historical and decorated homes in our downtown area. Tickets will be available at Chamber of Commerce and the Rusty Bucket.
If I told you there was a magical place where dreams come true, would you go? Well, there is such a place and it is Apex, North Carolina. Share the magic with us!
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.
Soon after the Town of Apex was incorporated in 1873, the town began to grow and flourish. The Town commissioners did all they could to try and keep up with the growth. Around 1888, the commissioners saw the need to amend the 1873 charter in order that they may expand their responsibilities to the citizens. Here are some of the new responsibilites that the commissioners set for themselves.
"Ascertain the location, increase, reduce and establish the width and grade, regulate the repairs and keep clean the streets, sidewalks, and alleys of the town, extend, lay out, open, establish the width and grade, keep clear and maintain others, and protect the shade trees of the town; appoint a police force and fix their salaries; prohibit vagrancy and street begging; regulate, control, tax, license or prevent the establishment of junk and pawnshops, their keepers or brokers, and the sale of spirituous, vinous and malt liquors, regulate the speed of railroad locomotives, tram and electric cars, the charge for the carriage of persons, baggage and freight for hire, and license or the prevention of the same; provide for the proper observance of the Sabbath and the preservation of the peace, order and tranquility of the town."
"That they prohibit and prevent by penalties the running at large of dogs, hogs, cattle and other brutes, the riding and driving of horses or other animals at a greater speed than six miles an hour or any reckless manner within the town limits, and also the firing of guns, pistols, crackers, gunpowder, and other explosives, combustibles, or dangerous materials in streets or elsewhere within the town;�"
J.C. Knowles, Apex Town Ambassador firstname.lastname@example.org