Mill around with us at the Fall Harvest Festival

This week’s cool weather is a perfect reminder that it’s time for Yates Mill’s ninth annual Harvest Festival.

Harvest Festival 2014 flierOur friends at Historic Yates Mill County Park have a day full of family fun planned for this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We’ll have traditional music, games and races, and displays of crafts and farming history.

Yates Mill Associates will be on hand, too, with our monthly corn-grinding tours given by costumed mill guides starting at 10 a.m. We’ll also have our annual craft sale in the mill yard to help pay for ongoing mill repairs and maintenance.

Get a jump on holiday shopping — our items for sale include hats and scarves, tote bags, baby blankets, rings and bracelets, note cards and magnets, decorative wood crafts, and earrings custom-made while you wait! We’ll also sell fresh popcorn and Howling Cow ice cream at the park center.

Remember that all sales will be by cash or check only (including mill tour tickets).

We’re expecting big crowds, so parking will be off-site with a free shuttle to bring you to the park center. Parking opens at 10:30 a.m. and closes at 4:45 p.m. Look for signs to the lot at 3841 Inwood Road (about a mile north of the park, off Lake Wheeler Road).

Come out to Historic Yates Mill County Park this weekend and mill around with us!

Take a tour of Yates Mill!

We’ve got just a few more months left in the 2014 tour season — come out to Historic Yates Mill County Park to enjoy the fall colors and get a look inside Wake County’s only remaining operable gristmill!

Our tour season got off to a late start thanks to a major repair — replacement of the forebay. Read more about this complex, difficult job and see pictures of the work in process on our News page. And have a look here at our first cornmeal-grinding of the season 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