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Yates Mill is centerpiece of fun during Harvest Festival

Painted pumpkins

A panoply of painted pumpkins

Overcast skies did little to dampen the enthusiasm of volunteers, exhibitors and guests who came to Yates Mill’s eighth annual Fall Harvest Celebration.

The park was crowded with families who enjoyed displays of traditional crafts such as blacksmithing and soap-making, and took part in games and activities from pumpkin painting to making corn-husk dolls to a history scavenger hunt. More than 1,500 people came out to Historic Yates Mill County Park to enjoy the fun on Sept. 21.


Crafty yarn-spinners showed their wares

And of course, Yates Mill itself was the centerpiece of the day, a lively hub for tours and cornmeal-grinding. Our usual corps of costumed volunteers were happy to show guests how the mill operated during its heyday, and to sell fresh cornmeal and other gifts.

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Games, crafts, culture and family fun at Yates Mill harvest fest

Do you love cornmeal? Historic trades? Handmade crafts? Traditional music and games? Then come out to this year’s Fall Harvest Celebration at Historic Yates Mill County Park!

Harvest Festival friends

It's a little corny but a lot of fun at the Fall Harvest Festival at Yates Mill!

The annual autumn festival is due to take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. That’s also the first day of our monthly corn-grinding weekend at Yates Mill. It’s always a big weekend at the park, with hundreds of guests enjoying free activities including harvest-related demonstrations and hands-on games and crafts for the entire family, plus a variety of community displays, story-tellers and more.

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Meet our top ambassador: Dick Thompson

Yates Mill has been very fortunate through the years to have some very special people to champion it as a business, a cultural relic and now as a thriving community treasure. We’d like you to meet one of our very best ambassadors: Dick Thompson.

Dick Thompson and friends

Dick Thompson (left) and his guests at our first Chickin Pickin'

As you’ll read in this article from Perspectives, the magazine of N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dick has been a friend to Yates Mill since he attended NCSU in the 1930s. He became associated with the mill during his business career and, in retirement, was one of the early stalwart members of Yates Mill Associates who made sure we were able to restore and reopen Yates Mill. We thank N.C. State and author Natalie Hampton for this fascinating account of Dick’s valuable contributions to and his long association with the mill and park.

This spring, Dick shifted his role with YMA slightly, stepping down from the regular board of directors but remaining as an emeritus director. Even though we miss seeing him at regular meetings, we are delighted that he continues — at the magnificent age of 96 — to enlist so many people and businesses in supporting Yates Mill.

Dick’s legacy is reflected in writing on the plaque that designates the “Dick Thompson Overlook” on the park center’s porch. But it is just as firmly engraved in the hearts of his grateful friends and neighbors.


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New company brews up gift for Yates Mill

Robbins and Lillard with Raleigh Brewing beer

Cheers to Yates Mill and Raleigh Brewing!

We all know what delicious breads, muffins and cookies you can make with cornmeal ground at Yates Mill. Now our friends at one of Raleigh’s newest businesses have shown us how to make a delicious beverage to go with those treats: beer! And historically accurate beer, at that!

A full house of Yates Mill Associates supporters and friends joined the regular customers at Raleigh Brewing Co. in July as the new craft brewery tapped a cask of Yates Mill Common, a limited edition beer made by employee Michael McAdoo.

What’s more, RBC made a gift of $200 — one dollar per glass sold, plus an extra “tip” — to Yates Mill Associates to support our ongoing mill repairs.

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