Farewell, dear friends

Yates Mill Associates fondly remembers two friends who recently left us, longtime board member J.D. “Dick” Thompson and Mary Lea Simpkins, the daughter of Yates Mill’s last miller. Both held lifelong attachments to Yates Mill and both played important roles in the restoration of Yates Mill and the creation of Historic Yates Mill County Park, which turned this crumbling building into a historic and cultural treasure for our community, now and for generations to come.

Read more about Dick and Mary on our News page, and please consider honoring their love for Yates Mill by making a gift to Yates Mill Associates in their memory. Click here to give easily and securely online, and for instructions if you prefer to mail your gift to us.

Dick Thompson Mary Lea Simpkins

Yates Mill is open!

We’re back in action! It’s been a long winter and spring for Yates Mill Associates as we completed our biggest repair project since the mill’s restoration: replacement of the forebay. The mill has reopened and we’re grinding cornmeal now!

Read more about the forebay repair and see pictures of the work in process on our News page. And here’s a peek at our first cornmeal-grinding on Saturday, June 21.

Come out for a tour any weekend. Check out the schedule and fees here.

Thanks to all of you who waited for us to reopen the mill, mill yard and trails. We hope your patience is rewarded by knowing this repair will keep Yates Mill in operation for many years to come.

Remember that your gifts and YMA memberships help pay for this project and our ongoing mill maintenance. We can’t do it without you!

Yates Mill is a fully restored, circa-1756 gristmill located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is the centerpiece of Historic Yates Mill County Park, located in central Wake County. The mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only restored, operational automatic mill in North Carolina and one of just a few in the country.

Yates Mill Associates Inc. is the guardian of this unique cultural and historic site. YMA was formed in 1989 to restore, preserve and operate the mill, and we are solely responsible for funding its upkeep and repair. Yates Mill Associates developed partnerships with Wake County and North Carolina State University, the mill owner and guardian, to develop a park around this significant relic. Today, this community resource also includes the A. E. Finley Center for Education and Research, and a 174-acre nature preserve.

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Yates Mill Associates
P.O. Box 10512
Raleigh NC 27605-0512