Meet YMA’s new directors

We’re delighted to welcome a quartet of community leaders and history lovers to Yates Mill Associates’ Board of Directors. Linda Edmisten, Merritt Jones, and cousins Nick and Mark Fountain were elected to directorships at our May meeting. Allow us to introduce you to them!

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YMA members celebrate year’s accomplishments

YMA members meet

A full house at our annual meeting

A new roof, new events, new business practices and a continuing mission to protect our old mill were celebrated by Yates Mill Associates’ members and leaders at our annual meeting.

Rainy weather forced the annual get-together to move inside the park center at Historic Yates Mill County Park, but did nothing to dampen our pleasure at seeing close to 50 loyal supporters and welcoming new friends. Those new friends include Ernest Dollar, the executive director of the City of Raleigh Museum, whose keynote address touched on ways YMA and the museum can work together and with other historic sites in the region to expand our preservation and celebration of North Carolina’s past, present and future.

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Kickin’ off tour season with a chickin pickin’

Chickin Pickin' sign

Did you know William Robbins moonlights as an artist? Our miller welcomes you!

Nothing gets your toes tappin’ and your tummy rumblin’ like a big plate of barbecue washed down with a side of bluegrass music, as dozens of Yates Mill supporters and friends discovered at our annual fundraising – and “fun-raising” – barbecue.

The weather cooperated again as we held our second annual Chickin Pickin’ at Historic Yates Mill County Park on Saturday, Aug. 27. More than 150 people bought tickets for a plate of chicken and pork barbecue, sweet potatoes, slaw, beans, Yates Mill cornbread, dessert and tea, keeping pitmaster Jim Kellenberger and our crew of volunteers busy all afternoon.

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YMA members, join us for the annual meeting

If you’re a member of Yates Mill Associates, we hope you’ve marked your calendar for our annual meeting.

Our yearly get-together, board elections and progress report will be Wednesday, May 1. And we have a special treat: Ernest Dollar, the new executive director of the City of Raleigh Museum (COR), will join us to talk about how COR and Yates Mill Associates can work together to promote and celebrate our region’s historic treasures.

Members will vote on a slate of new board members – we’re very excited about some of the great people who would like to join our board of directors, and look forward to introducing them to you. And we’ll salute the folks who have given so much of their own time and energy over the years to protect Yates Mill.

Additional details about the time and location for the meeting are included in the invitations we recently mailed to all of our current members. If you’re a member and haven’t found an invitation in your mailbox yet, drop us a line at and we’ll get you the details right away.

If you’re not a member of Yates Mill Associates, we hope you’ll consider making a gift to support our work and coming out for next year’s annual meeting. We’d love to have you.

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Help keep Yates Mill in tip-top shape – with BARBECUE!

2013 Yates Mill Roof Repair

Barbecue built this roof!

If you made it out to our fundraising Chickin Pickin’ last spring, you remember how delicious — and abundant — the barbecue and fixins’ were. And if you’ve been to Yates Mill since the start of the year, you’ve seen what we built with the money we raised: a brand-new roof.

It’s time again to stuff yourselves for a good cause: the second annual Chickin Pickin’ is coming up! Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 27. We’ll dish up delicious barbecue from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine.

Each $25 ticket gets you a plate full of chicken and pork barbecue, baked beans, sweet potatoes and cole slaw. You also get cornbread made from Yates Mill cornmeal, dessert and a drink. We can prepare plates to go, preferably with advance notice.

Read about last year’s Chickin Pickin’ and tell us that doesn’t make you hungry. As before, pitmaster Jim Kellenberger, Side Street Restaurant¬†owner Mary Lu Wooten and our volunteer cornbread bakers are providing the food to Yates Mill Associates for free. That means all the money raised from this event will go to mill repairs. We have a big project in store for this winter — replacement of the forebay (or flume), the box that channels water over the waterwheel — so we can really use your support.

Order a ticket now by sending an email to or by calling Historic Yates Mill County Park at 919-856-6675. If you know a YMA board member, they have tickets for sale as well. If we have tickets left, we’ll sell food on the day — but we have a limited amount, so it’s better to order yours now!

Take a tour of the mill; they run every half-hour from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Then head over to the amphitheater meadow to fill your belly, visit with your friends, and help us keep beautiful Yates Mill running. Join us at the Chickin Pickin’ on April 27!


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