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Yates Mill is an operable grain mill established around 1756. The equipment in the mill is original, left after the Lea family ceased milling operations in the mid-1950s. A visit to this historic treasure provides an opportunity to learn about an integral aspect of rural life in the early days of settlement in Wake County. 

Tour fees directly support the nonprofit Yates Mill Associates for maintenance and operations of Historic Yates Mill.
 
For more information on how to become a member of Yates Mill Associates, please visit: www.yatesmill.org.
 
Note that
Looking for other park programs? View the park's Public Programs page or the park's Organized Group Programs page
all payments must be made using cash, check or money order – park staff do not have the ability to take credit cards.
 
Yates Mill merchandise is for sale on the third weekend of each month from March to November. Yates Mill stone-ground cornmeal and postcards are available every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the park visitor center.
 
 

Available Tours

 
Mill Open House – Saturdays at the Mill!
 
 
 
Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the mill's history and aspects of its preservation. Preregistration is not required. Limit: 15 people per half-hour tour. Tickets are available inside the park's visitor center. For all ages.
 
Half-Hour Guided Tour; Saturdays, 1–3 p.m.

Upcoming dates:

July 12 and 26
August 2, 9, 23 and 30
September 6, 13 and 27
Fee:
$5 for Adults
$4 for Seniors (ages 60 & over)
$3 for Children (ages 7–16)*
*Children ages 6 and under are free
 
 
Mill Heritage and Local History Tours
 
 
 
Discover Historic Yates Mill – a place of business, community and exciting local history! Explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery. Tickets are available inside the park's visitor center. Reservations are encouraged. Most appropriate for ages 7 & up.
 
One-Hour Guided Tour; Sundays, 2–3 p.m.

Upcoming dates:

July 13 and 27
August 3, 10, 24 and 31
September 7, 14 and 28
Fee:
$5 for Adults
$4 for Seniors (ages 60 & over)
$3 for Children (ages 7–16)*
*Children ages 6 and under are free
 
 
Corn Grinding Demonstrations 


  
Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tours are offered every 20 minutes beginning at 10 a.m. Reservations are encouraged. Tours are not available between noon–1 p.m., and the last tour of the day begins at 3:40 p.m. Tickets are available in the Mill Yard on the day of the tours. Most appropriate for ages 7 & up.
 
 
 
Half-Hour Guided Tours; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–noon, and Saturday & Sunday, 1–4 p.m.

Upcoming dates:

July 19–20
August 16–17
September 20*–21
 
*The park's 9th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration event is on September 20.
Fee:
$5 for Adults
$4 for Seniors (ages 60 & over)
$3 for Children (ages 7–16)*
*Children ages 6 and under are free
 
 
Organized Group Mill Tours

 

 

Historic Yates Mill County Park is pleased to offer guided tours to groups of 10 or more. Telephone requests for group tours are made by contacting the Group Program Coordinator, Rosemary O'Day, at 919-856-5638 or rosemary.o'day@wakegov.com.



Tour dates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance. April and May are the busiest field trip months, and dates fill up quickly. For groups that may be interested in other programs in addition to a mill tour, please refer to the Field Trips section of our website.
 


Limited Tour Offerings

  
  
Kids' History Detective Tour
 
 
 
Do you have what it takes to be a History Detective?  Come to Yates Mill and find out!  Solve puzzles, hunt for clues, and investigate the mystery of milling with real historical artifacts.  Most appropriate for ages 5-12.  Fee: $4/Child (ages 5-16), Children ages 4 & younger are free.  Fee for accompanying adults: $5/Adult and $4/Senior (ages 60+).  Preregistration is required.
 
One-Hour Guided Tour; Saturday, 11 a.m.–noon

Upcoming date:

July 12
Fee:
$10 for Adults
$8 for Seniors (ages 60 & over)
$6 for Children (ages 10–16)
 
 
Tip Top to Bottom Mill Tour 
 
 
 
Opportunities to explore all four floors of the mill don’t happen often and are different each time! Learn the history of milling in North Carolina, test your mill trivia, and learn about the dangers of working in a mill. Be prepared to climb a lot of stairs! Reservations are required. Tickets are available inside the park's visitor center. Most appropriate for ages 14 & older.
 
Two-Hour Guided Tour; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–noon

Upcoming date:

The next date will be in October – the exact date is not yet known.
Fee:
$10 for Adults
$8 for Seniors (ages 60 & over)
$6 for Children (ages 10–16)
   
  
 

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