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The historic mill is open for guided tours and costumed corn grinding demonstrations through the end of November 2015.

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:
Note that, except for on corn grinding weekends when credit cards are accepted, all payments for other tours must be made using cash, check or money order.
Yates Mill merchandise is for sale on the third
Looking for other park programs? View the park's Public Programs page or the park's Organized Group Programs page
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 

The historic mill building is open for guided tours and costumed corn grinding demonstrations from March through November each year.  It's closed for repair purposes during the winter season.  

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:

September 26
October 3, 10, 24 and 31
November 7, 14 and 28
$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:

September 27
October 4, 11 and 25
November 1, 8, 15 and 29
$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.
While corn grinding tours are going on, the non-profit group Yates Mill Associates ( is on-site in the mill yard with stone-ground cornmeal, mill merchandise and local handcrafts for sale so please shop to support a good cause!
Half-Hour Guided Tours; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–noon, and Saturday & Sunday, 1–4 p.m.

Upcoming dates:

September 19* and 20
October 17 and 18
November 21 and 22
*Note that the park's largest event of the year - the 10th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration - will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$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, Marc Mahan, at

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

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:

Saturday, October 10
$10 for Adults
$8 for Seniors (ages 60 & over)
$6 for Children (ages 10–16)



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