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Historic Yates Mill

Historic Yates Mill County Park

Yates Mill is a fully restored, circa-1756 gristmill located in Raleigh, North Carolina. As the centerpiece of the Historic Yates Mill County Park in central Wake County, this is worth a visit to this National Register of Historic Places. Yates Mill is the only restored, operational automatic gristmill in North Carolina and one of just a few in the country.

Historic Yates Mills, circa 1756

The Yates Mill Associates offer tours of the gristmill and demonstration of the workings of the operating of the mills. The docents will point other items of historic interest and detail how the mill was brought back over the years through changing of ownership, remaining vacant, and restoration from natural disasters.  The tours are definitely worth your time if you are interested in this part of the history of the south.  Learn more about tours options and times by visiting the Yates Mill Associates

Turning on the Wheel of the Mill
Inside the Mill
Grinding Stones
Views of Yates Mill Pond

The park encompasses some 574-acres and is a wildlife refuge.  You can walk trails, watch migrating waterfowl, and other wildlife on the 20-acre pond, fish from designated areas, and enjoy a peaceful visit with nature. There is a visitor center and a small museum focused on milling. The park visit is free and often open seven days a week, except for major holidays until sunset. The mill tours have small fee associated with exploring the gristmill.


Small Cabin at Yates Mill
Front of Yates Mill

Directions to the Historic Yates Mill

Located about 5 miles from downtown Raleigh, the mills can be easily found  via Google Maps 

The address of the mill is: 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603

Hope you enjoy your trip here and thank you for reading.

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