Yates Mill has its origins in a mill that began operating on this site in the 1750s. Today, it is the last mill standing of approximately 70 that existed over the decades in what is now Wake County.
The original mill was built by Samuel Pearson and owned by him and his heirs until 1819. The mill changed ownership several times until 1863, when it became the property of the Yates family, which owned it until 1947. Yates Mill was acquired by a corporation under the direction of A.E. Finley and last operated to grind corn in 1953 or so, then sold to North Carolina State University in 1963. The mill stood vacant for many years until local history lovers formulated plans to restore the mill, incorporating as Yates Mill Associates in 1989.
Under the unique partnership that created Historic Yates Mill County Park, the all-volunteer nonprofit Yates Mill Associates (YMA) is solely responsible for mill restoration, repair and maintenance.
Yates Mill Associates regularly grinds cornmeal at the mill and hosts heritage tours each weekend from March through November. Modest fees charged for these tours go directly toward the upkeep and repair of the mill. All other expenses for mill repair and operation are funded through generous donations from YMA supporters.
Board of Directors and Officers
The Executive Committee is comprised of the officers and one additional representative from the board.
Name, year term expires, excom position if applicable
Ed Barrows – ’23
Steve Claggett – ’22
Roy Corpening – ’22
Corinne Dunn – ’23, Treasurer
Mark Fountain – ’22
Nick Fountain – ’22
Larry Hancock – ’23, President
Bob Harkness – ’24, Vice President
Alex Ives – ’24
Steve McLaurin – ’22
Amber McClure – ’24
Leslie Meadows – ’23, Secretary
Travis Park – ’23
Colin Richardson – ’24
Jill Thomas – ’24, At-Large ExCom Member
Dan Becker, Technical Advisor
David Zonderman, NC State University Representative
Head Miller: William Robbins