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The historic mill is open for guided tours and costumed corn grinding demonstrations during the months of March through November each year.

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:
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:

June 4, 11 & 25
July 2, 9, 23 & 30
August 6, 13 & 27
September 3, 10 & 24
$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:

June 5, 12 & 26
July 3, 10, 24 & 31
August 7, 14 & 28
September 4, 11 & 25
$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:

July 16–17
August 20–21
September 17*–18
*This is the day when the park's Fall Harvest event will take place.
$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



Go to the Yates Mill Group Programs Page.

Historic Yates Mill County Park is pleased to offer guided tours to organized groups on weekdays. Telephone requests for group tours are made by contacting the Group Program Coordinator, Ashley Martin, at

Tour dates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations should be made preferably one month in advance. For groups that may be interested in other programs in addition to a mill tour, please refer to the Group Programs and 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! Hunt for clues and investigate the mystery of milling with real historical artifacts inside Wake County's only remaining water-powered gristmill. For ages 7–14; fee: $4/child. Registration required. This is a drop-off program – adults may escort their kids to the mill yard and back, but only paid tour participants will be given mill access. Bundle this tour with the Homeschool Day "Hand Mills & Millstones" program (Activity #5969), taking place from 10–11 a.m., for the ultimate learning experience.
One-Hour Guided Tour; Mondays, 11 a.m.–noon

Upcoming date:

August 23
$4 for Children (ages 7–14)
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:

A new date has not yet been determined but this full-mill tour
will next occur in the month of October.
$10 for Adults
$8 for Seniors (ages 60 & over)
$6 for Children (ages 10–16)



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