Historic Yates Mill Historic Mill Tours

Volunteer explains mill workings inside old mill to tour participants

When there is not a pandemic going on, the historic mill is typically open for guided tours and costumed corn-grinding demonstrations during the months of March through November each year. But, all tours are canceled for now because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. We hope to offer them again soon.

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.

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.

Public Tour Pricing

Fee: $5 for Adults; $4 for Seniors (ages 60 & over); $3 for Children (ages 7–16)*

*Children ages 6 and under are free.

Public Mill Tours

Saturdays at the Old Mill

old mill equipment inside of old wooden mill building

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 Tours, between 1–3 p.m.

Dates not yet posted for the March–November tour season.

Mill Heritage and Local History Tours

Volunteer speaks with tour participants inside of old mill

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 on Sundays, from 2–3 p.m. and on occasional weekdays and holidays.

Dates not yet posted for the March–November tour season.

Corn-Grinding Demonstrations

Costumed interpreter grinds corn inside of historic mill building

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 nonprofit 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.

Dates not yet posted for the March–November tour season.

Organized Group Mill Tours

Book a tour today!

tour group stands inside of old historic mill building

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.

Historic Yates Mill County Park is pleased to offer guided tours to organized groups on weekdays. Requests for group tours are made by contacting the Group Program Coordinator, Jack Singley, at [email protected].

Register for a Public Tour

You may register for several of Historic Yates Mill’s upcoming tours, programs or camps online.

Register for a Public Tour