History of Milling Thesis

Origin of history of milling thesis carving in Frech Burr millstone wood casing at Yates Mill
“I am History, Don’t Destroy Please” is carved in the top of the casing surrounding the French Burr millstones in Yates Mill.

While working on her master’s degree in history at North Carolina State University, Leslie Hawkins Meadows wrote a thesis on the history of milling in Wake County, North Carolina. I am History, Don’t Destroy Please: Three Gristmills and their Communities in Wake County, North Carolina includes details on what gristmill are and why they were an important part of the local community. This history of milling thesis includes information and interior photographs of Yates Mill.


Chapter 1: The Custom Mill, Its Community, and Its Significance

Chapter 2: The Last Mill Standing: Yates Mill

Chapter 3: Mills and Their Communities: Lassiter Mill and the Mill at Lake Myra