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Apex - A brief history



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Apex was first settled around 1867 and was incorporated in 1873. 

The name “Apex” was adopted because the community was the highest point on the Chatham Railroad. 

In the early days, Apex was a shipping point of forest products, including lumber, tar and turpentine. Since it was located in the heart of a pine forest, it was a natural shipping point. As the railroad fostered more growth, it became a hub for another product, tobacco.

A community developed around the station. Stores and warehouses were built and many of the large forests in the area were converted to farmlands. Before long, Apex became an active trading and shopping center.

Apex celebrates its history as a railroad town and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for being one of the few turn-of-the-century railroad towns still intact. The City has recently restored its downtown, which features a number of 19th Century buildings.

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