The Town of Apex, North Carolina is well known for its year-round activities for the entire family.
Concerts at the Depot
Apex Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources and the Apex Chamber of Commerce sponsor this series of evening entertainment in front of the Apex Train Depot during the spring, summer and fall. Each concert features a different kind of music, so there is something for all tastes. For a schedule, call the Halle Cultural Arts Center of Apex at 919-249-1120.
Historic Downtown Apex on Salem Street
Apex is proud to be one of the state’s most intact turn-of-the-century railroad towns and contains sixty well-preserved commercial buildings and homes dating from 1870-1940. In order to preserve the historical character of the district, the town and the downtown merchants have begun restoring many of the structures to their original early twentieth century appearance. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Apex's downtown district is where you’ll find an abundance of antique and specialty gift shops, as well as dining experiences that include an ice cream parlor, a fine dining bistro, and a full service Mexican restaurant.
Apex Union Depot Circa 1914
The most significant landmark in Apex is the 1914 Apex Union Depot, located in the heart of downtown Apex. The original depot, built in 1906, burned down in 1914, but the loss was soon replaced with the current structure. The design was a segregated building with the left side waiting room for white people and an area to the far left, behind the fireplace, for ladies who were traveling alone. The center housed the ticket office with access to both the white and colored waiting rooms. The depot became Apex’s library when passenger trains discontinued use of the depot. When the new regional library opened, and in an effort to preserve this important piece of history, the Apex Chamber of Commerce undertook the job of repairing and restoring the Depot to its original glory.
The building now houses a Visitors’ Center, the Apex Chamber of Commerce offices, and a meeting room which may be rented. Visitors enjoy the rich woodwork, double fireplace, ticket windows of the stationmaster’s office, and the old switchmen’s lanterns. Freight trains roll past daily and Amtrak’s Piedmont passes through town twice a day, stopping in neighboring Cary. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A 37-foot-long bay window Louisville caboose is located beside the Depot and can be rented from the Apex Historical Society for children’s parties. For more information, please contact the Apex Chamber of Commerce at 919-362-6456 or by email.
In May of 1995, several members of the Apex Historical Society began an effort to preserve this historic site in Apex and with teamwork and generous contributions; the house now serves as a home for the Apex Historical Society. The house is open several times a year and is the site for a reception, which follows the Society’s Holiday Home Tour on the first Sunday in December. The Society meets regularly and holds events throughout the year.
For more information about joining the Apex Historical Society or helping with restoration of the house, please call the Historical Society at 919-387-1495 or visit them on the Web at www.apexhistoricalsociety.com.
New Hope Valley Railway
Apex began as a railroad town, just 10 minutes south of downtown; you can once again ride the rails. Volunteer members of the local chapter of the of the National Railway Historical Society have restored engines and cars and operate trains every hour on the hour from noon to 4:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month from May through November. Special trips are scheduled at Halloween and in early December. The train rides are great for the whole family and children will delight in the ghosts and goblins on board the Halloween trains and the special holiday rides in December. The North Carolina Railroad Museum is also located at this site just south of Apex on Old US 1 in Bonsai.
For information and charges or to arrange group rides, call 919-362-5416.