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Posted on: March 2, 2023

Apex Celebrates Sesquicentennial Anniversary

February 28, 2023, marks a special anniversary in the Town of Apex – 150 years of incorporation! To celebrate, the Town of Apex is kicking off a year-long campaign to foster unification and common understanding, and challenge community members to go “all in” with Apex.

In 1873, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to Incorporate the Town of Apex, which at that time got its name from being the highest point along a 30-mile stretch of the old Chatham railroad line. At the start of incorporation, the population was around 230 residents and was one square mile. Over the next 150 years, the town was shaped by people from all backgrounds and beliefs, and today has a population of over 70,000 residents and over 25 square miles.

In 2023, Apex is a thriving town, known for its small-town character, friendly people, and excellent quality of life. The sesquicentennial celebration year encourages community members to lean into what makes Apex special by participating in their choice of over 150 activities and events that highlight Apex’s past, present, and potential. Activities offered will showcase the unique character of Apex, our rich history, and how the community has grown over the past 150 years.
Residents and visitors can learn more about the 150th celebration year by visiting the website. The site features a timeline of Apex history, 150+ ways to get involved, plans for the future of the Town of Apex, and individual stories from Apex community members. From cultural and historical events to outdoor activities and community gatherings, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
"As we celebrate 150 years of Apex, we honor the people and events that have shaped our town into the vibrant community that it is today," said Mayor Jacques K. Gilbert. "We invite everyone to join us in this special year of celebration and reflection."
The year-long celebration started on February 28, 2023, and runs through February 2024. 

 For more information about the sesquicentennial celebration, visit

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